Tree Broom Heath John Tann/Flickr

Tree Broom Heath

Monotoca elliptica

Bushy shrub or small tree, up to 4m in height.

They can live for over 100 years.

Leaves

Oblong-shaped, usually 1 - 2.5 cm long and 0.5 cm wide.

Flowers

Solitary, white and have circular petals, 8 Usually in groups of 4 - 16 at end of branches. Creamy white in colour.across. Usually appear between December and April.

Fruits/Seeds

Bright orange or red, 3 - 4 mm in diameter.

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • No flowering

  • Fruiting

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Flowering from July to October, peaking in August
  • Fruiting is from August to November

Where To Look

  • Coastal dunes in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland
  • In eucalypt open forests, low forests or as a cliff-top shrub
  • Prefers sandy soils
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What Else?

Similar Species

Coast Beard-heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) has flower lobes that contain hair and are shaped with a point at the tip of the flower.