Cryptandra ericoides

Distribution Map
Family: Rhamnaceae
Distribution: Heaths from the central coastal areas of New South Wales to south-eastern Queensland.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name.
Derivation of Name: Cryptandra....From Greek cryptos, hidden and andros, a man, a reference to the anthers of the flowers being hidden within the floral tube.
ericoides....being similar in appearance to the genus Erica.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:

Cryptandra is a genus of about 40 species occurring in southern Australia in both eastern and western states. They are all low growing, shrubby species with small, usually white, flowers. Very few species are in cultivation.

Cryptandra ericoides
Cryptandra ericoides
Photo: Trevor Quested

Cryptandra ericoides (also referred to as C.ericifolia in some texts) is a small, twiggy plant which is widespread in heath areas. It is a fairly inconspicuous plant and usually goes unnoticed when not in flower. It grows to about 0.5 metres high by a similar width but is often smaller. Leaves are very small, usually rounded in cross section (terete) and up to 75 mm long. The white, tubular flowers are seen in autumn and early winter and usually occur in clusters at the ends of the branches. When in flower, the plant can easily be mistaken for a member of the Epacridaceae.

C.ericoides is not cultivated to any great extent. It is likely to require a sunny or lightly shaded position in moist, well drained soils. It would be best grown in a rockery or similar location rather than in a general shrubbery where it would be easily overwhelmed by more vigorous plants.

As seed of Cryptandra species is rarely available, propagation would be best carried out from cuttings of firm, current season's growth. However, cuttings are likely to be slow to strike.

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