Phebalium squamulosum Vent.

Forest Phebalium

Jard. Malmaison 2: t. 102 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to c. 3 m high; branchlets smooth, ferruginous-lepidote. Leaves papery or coriaceous, narrowly elliptic to elliptic or obovate, apex truncate or retuse, upper surface glabrous to sparsely stellate-lepidote, smooth or rarely scaberulous, midrib slightly or deeply impressed, lower surface densely silvery- to ferruginous-lepidote or stellate-tomentose, margin entire or somewhat crenulate, flat, recurved or revolute. Inflorescence a terminal, (3–)5–10(or more)-flowered umbel-like cluster; peduncle absent or short; pedicels 3–8 mm long. Calyx shortly hemispherical or subturbinate, 0.5–1.2 mm long, lepidote, smooth to verrucose; petals imbricate, elliptic, 2–4.5 mm long, yellow to cream, silvery to ferruginous-lepidote outside; stamens exserted, anthers yellow; disc not apparent; ovary lepidote. Follicles erect, truncate or slightly rounded at apex, c. 3.5 mm long. 

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, WPro. Occurs in SA, Qld, NSW, Vic.

10 subspecies, 4 in Victoria, but apparent intermediates exist.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Rutaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phebalium squamulosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phebalium squamulosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory