Hibbertia furfuracea

Distribution Map
Family: Dilleniaceae
Distribution: Southern coastal Western Australia westwards from Albany to Cape Leeuwin area.
Common Name: No generally accepted common name.
Derivation of Name: Hibbertia...after George Hibbert, a patron of botany.
furfuracea.... from Latin furfur, bran, and the suffix aceous, resembling, presumably referring to the rough leaves which have bran-like scales.
Conservation Status: Not considered to be at risk in the wild.

General Description:

Hibbertia is a genus of around 150 species, most of which occur naturally in Australia. They are generally small to medium shrubs with yellow, buttercup-like flowers.

Hibbertia furfuracea
Hibbertia furfuracea
Photo: Cas Liber

Hibbertia furfuracea is a small erect shrub, 0.5 to 2 metres tall. It has rough linear to lanceolate leaves 2-5 cm long by 0.2-0.5 cm wide. Flowering occurs in spring and early summer. The yellow flowers are 1 to 1.5 cm across. The species is found in sandy soils in hilly areas, sometimes in open forest. Examples can be seen on the Giant Tingle walking track just east of Walpole.

This species has not been commonly cultivated. Though not particularly showy, it is relatively hardy and appears to have a degree of resistance to dieback (Phytophthora). It is easy to grow south of Perth, but needs a bit of extra water over summer in hotter climates. It is a good shade tolerant plant but can become leggy in shady positions, so should be lightly pruned.

This species is easy to propagate from cuttings, but also sets some seed freely (which suggests it should either be grown in areas to which it is indigenous or otherwise away from bushland to avoid any possibility of its becoming weedy away from its natural habitat).


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