Phebalium squamulosum subsp. squamulosum

Forest Phebalium

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Leaves papery or subcoriaceous, oblong to elliptic, 15–50 mm long, 2–9 mm wide, apex acute, truncate or retuse, upper surface smooth or rarely slightly scabrous, not glandular-verrucose. Calyx and petals silvery- to ferruginous-lepidote. Flowers spring.

EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, VAlp, WPro. Also Qld, NSW. Scattered in foothill to montane forests from Healesville area eastwards to the New South Wales border, often on shallow rocky soils. A 1914 specimen purportedly from Wilsons Promontory may represent a southern outlier, but is perhaps a result of mislabelling.

The style is usually glabrous but in specimens from near Yarra Junction it is basally lepidote. Although calyces are typically truncate, near Bairnsdale plants with broadly deltate-toothed calyces are common. These and other local forms often appear distinctive, but there is extreme and often overlapping variation across this subspecies' wide range.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-10-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Rutaceae
genus Phebalium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phebalium squamulosum subsp. squamulosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phebalium squamulosum subsp. squamulosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory