Zieria cytisoides Sm.

Downy Zieria

in Rees, Cycl. 39 (1818) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Bushy shrub to 3 m high; branches velvety with stellate hairs, not warted, often somewhat grapefruit-scented when crushed. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets ovate to obovate, 9–42 mm long, 4–10 mm wide, apex acute to rounded, upper surface dark green and pubescent, lower surface grey-green and velvety, margins entire, not or hardly recurved; petiole 3–11 mm long. Inflorescence usually longer than leaves, 3–30-flowered. Sepals triangular, c. 3 mm long, tomentose, smooth; petals 3–5.5 mm long, deep to pale pink, rarely white, valvate, pubescent; ovary glabrous. Follicles velvety, lacking appendage; seed 2.5–3.5 mm long, black to red-brown, striated. Flowers winter and spring.

EGU, GipP, HSF, MonT. Also Qld, NSW. Rather uncommon in Victoria, occurring in open eucalypt forest, woodland, heath and riparian shrubland, on rocky and sandy substrates.

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 Zieria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Zieria cytisoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Zieria cytisoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory