Boronia pilosa Labill.

Hairy Boronia

Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 97, t. 124 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to 1 m high (rarely to 3 m); branchlets with 2 rows of hairs between decurrencies. Leaves pinnate with 3–7 usually congested leaflets, 6–16 mm long, 4–17 mm wide overall, glabrous or pilose; leaflets narrowly obovate, 1.5–10 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, obtuse, margins entire, flat or slightly recurved; petiole to 2 mm long. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, (1–)3–6-flowered; peduncles and pedicels each to 5 mm long. Sepals narrow-triangular, 1–3 mm long, imbricate, glabrous to pilose; petals 4–7 mm long, pink, imbricate, midrib not raised, deciduous; stamen filament pilose; style short, hirsute, stigma capitate. Follicles glabrous, 2.5–3 mm long; seeds c. 2 mm long, black, shiny, smooth.

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA.

A number of varieties, all based on Tasmanian material, have been described for B. pilosa. These varieties are not in use and most can be placed under the type subspecies (subsp. 1). There are specimens intermediate between the 2 subspecies in the Grampians and around Mt Richmond near Portland.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Rutaceae
genus Boronia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Boronia pilosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Boronia pilosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory