General Description:

The genus Phebalium consists of 25 species, all but one being endemic to Australia with the majority occurring in the eastern half of the continent. Most are small shrubs with very aromatic foliage and producing clusters of small, star-like flowers in the cream to bright yellow range. Similar genera include Leionema, Nematolepis and Rhadinothamnus. A number of species in the latter genera were previously classified under Phebalium.

Phebalium squamulosum is a variable species containing a number of forms and 10 subspecies. All are small to medium shrubs with bright green to grey/green foliage which is sometimes silvery on the underside. Most of the subspecies are found from southern Queensland through to Victoria but subspecies longifolium is found in north eastern Queensland. The individual cream to pale yellow flowers are five-petaled and relatively small but they occur in clusters of a dozen or more together and are very conspicuous. Flowering usually occurs in early spring.

P.squamulosum is the most commonly cultivated member of the genus and a number of forms have proven reliable under garden conditions in temperate and sub-tropical climates, especially subsp. argenteum with it’s silvery-green foliage. They perform best in a well drained, slightly sheltered position (but not dense shade) and will usually tolerate dryness once established.

In common with most members of the Rutaceae, propagation of P.squamulosum from seed is difficult. Cuttings usually strike readily from current season’s growth. Some experimentation has been carried out into using P.squamulosum as a root stock for grafting of some of the more difficult to grow species such as P.nottii.

 

Plant profile image

Phebalium squamulosum subsp. squamulosum
Photo: Brian Walters

Plant profile image

Phebalium squamulosum subsp. argenteum
Photo: Brian Walters

 

Other Native Plant Profiles

Search Tips

By default the search engine tries to locate pages which have exact matches for all of the words entered in your search query. If that fails, it then tries to locate pages which contain any words in your search query. If that happens a short message is displayed at the top of the search results indicating this has been done. In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior.  Note, searches are case insensitive.

Phrase Search
The search engine supports three types of phrase search.

  • To match an exact phrase, use quotes around the phrase. Example: "banksia integrifolia"
  • To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use square brackets [around the words]. Example: [banksia integrifolia]
  • To match a far (within several words) phrase, use braces { around the words }. Example: {banksia integrifolia}

+ and - qualifiers
If you prepend a word with + that word is required to be on the page. If you prepend a word with - that word is required to not be on the page. Example: +always -never

* Wildcard
If a query word ends with a * all words on a page which start the same way as that query word will match. Example: gift*

? Wildcard
If a query word contains a ? any character will match that position. Example: b?g

Boolean Search
You can use the following boolean operators in your search: AND, OR, NOT. These operators MUST be in capital letters. Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)

All of these techniques can be combined: +alway* -ne??r*

Billardiera heterophylla

View Plant Profile

Acacia longifolia

View Plant Profile

Acacia baileyana

View Plant Profile

Acacia podalyriifolia

View Plant Profile

Acacia pycnantha

View Plant Profile

Eucalyptus globulus

View Plant Profile

Leptospermum laevigatum

View Plant Profile

Melaleuca quinquenervia

View Plant Profile

Pittosporum undulatum

View Plant Profile

Schefflera actinophylla

View Plant Profile

Syzygium paniculatum (variegated form)

View Plant Profile

 

Chrysanthemoides monilifera
var. monilifera

Senecio madagascariensis

Opuntia stricta