Tree Lomatia Neil Blair/RBGV

Tree Lomatia

Lomatia fraseri

Upright rounded shrub or small tree that grows 8 - 11 m high although it can be much smaller if it is found in exposed areas. Trunk and branches are grey to dark brown.

Leaves

Lanceolate (lance-shaped) to elliptic (rounded) in shape, measuring 6 – 12 cm in length and 1 - 3.5cm in width. Leaves are leathery to the touch with upper surface of the leaf being a dull green while the underside is pale yellow-green. The margins of the leaf are deeply or shallowly toothed, occasionally entire or sometimes deeply lobed.

Flowers

Flowers may be held in clusters up to 12 cm long. Blooms are white to cream, fragrant and usually abundant when flowering. Flowers are very hairy and spidery in appearance.

Fruits/Seeds

Seeds are found in a leathery banana-shaped pod that grows to 20 - 30 mm long and is green in colour.

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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)

  • Open seed pods containing seeds (record all days)

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When and Where

When To Look

  • Flowering in summer months

Where To Look

  • Mountainous regions of Victoria and NSW
  • Margins of cool and warm temperate rainforest in mountain areas
  • In forests, open woodlands and exposed heaths up to 1500 m altitude
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What Else?

This species is characterised by a variety of leaf shapes.