Asterolasia phebalioides F.Muell.

Downy Star Bush

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 10 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Open or compact shrub to 1 m high, overall grey to brown stellate-tomentose. Leaves densely crowded on short branches, cuneate-obcordate, 5–10 mm long, 2–4(–6) mm wide, often partly or strongly folded, apex obcordate or obtuse. Flowers terminal, solitary, sessile, closely subtended by 5 leafy bracts; sepals rudimentary or lacking; petals elliptic or obovate, 6–10 mm long, bright golden yellow, finely stellate outside; stigma deeply cleft into 5 spreading, linear lobes. Follicles glabrous, not beaked, c. 3.5 mm long. Flowers spring.

GGr, VVP, Wim. Also SA. Rare in Victoria but can be locally common, occurring in the Grampians and the Little Desert (south-east of Nhill), in open woodland, forest and heath on sandstone and sandy soils.

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 Asterolasia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asterolasia phebalioides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asterolasia phebalioides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native

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South Australia