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Eriostemon australasius Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.jpg
Eriostemon australasius
at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Eriostemon
Sm. [1]

Eriostemon is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Rutaceae. It is native to eastern Australia and includes just two species. Eriostemon australasius occurs between Fraser Island and Nowra, and is a shrub of heathlands and low open woodlands. It is also frequently cultivated in Australian gardens and has showy pink, five-petalled flowers. Eriostemon banksii is endemic to Cape York Peninsula and is a shrub or small tree occurring in heathland and vinethicket margins; it is not known in cultivation.

A large number of species once classified within the genus have been placed in the newer genus Philotheca. [1]


  1. ^ "Eriostemon". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  • Wilson, P. G. (1998). A taxonomic review of the genera Eriostemon and Philotheca (Boronieae: Rutaceae). Nuytsia 12: 239-265.
  • Bayly, M. J., Brophy, J. J., Forster, P. I., Goldsack, R. J., and Wilson, P. G. (1998). Reinstatement of Eriostemon banksii (Rutaceae), with a report on the composition of leaf essential oils in E. banksii and E. australasius s. str. Australian Systematic Botany 11: 13-22.