Phebalium festivum Paul G.Wilson

Dainty Phebalium

Nuytsia 12: 283 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

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

Shrub to 1.5 m high; branchlets smooth or rarely slightly glandular-verrucose, densely ferruginous-lepidote. Leaves broadly obovate, 2-3.5 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide, apex rounded to truncate and retuse or obcordate, base cuneate, upper surface slightly convex and glandular-punctate, glabrous, midrib hardly impressed, lower surface densely silvery-lepidote, margin entire; petiole to 1 mm long. Inflorescence a 3-10-flowered umbel-like cluster, often on short lateral branches; peduncle absent; pedicels 2-3 mm long. Calyx hemispherical, 0.5-1 mm high, densely silvery- to ferruginous-lepidote, smooth; petals imbricate, elliptic, c. 2.5 mm long, white to pale yellow, silvery to ferruginous outside; stamens exserted, anthers yellow; disc not apparent; ovary silvery-lepidote. Follicles erect to spreading, lepidote, c. 3 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

Gold. Endemic in auriferous country in the Wedderburn, Inglewood, Dunolly, Rushworth and Bendigo areas (a 1928 collection purportedly from the Grampians is doubtful). Occurring in mallee and broombrush communities on shallow, shaley ground.

Formerly included in P. obcordatum Benth. which is endemic in New South Wales.

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 (as Phebalium sp. 1).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-17
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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 festivum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phebalium festivum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present native

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New South Wales