Philotheca myoporoides

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Philotheca myoporoides
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Philotheca myoporoides
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P. myoporoides
Binomial name
Philotheca myoporoides
Synonyms

Eriostemon myoporoides DC.

Philotheca myoporoides, commonly known as long-leaf wax flower, is a shrub in the family Rutaceae. The species is endemic to south-eastern Australia. It is usually up to 2 metres high and produces white flowers in spring and autumn.[2]

The species was first formally described in 1824 by Swiss botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle who gave it the name Eriostemon myoporoides. It was transferred to the genus Philotheca in 1998.[1]

Five subspecies are currently recognised in the Australian Plant Census:[1]

  • P. myoporoides subsp. acuta[3]
  • P. myoporoides subsp. brevipedunculata[4]
  • P. myoporoides subsp. euroensis — occurs in the Garden Range near Euroa, Victoria[5]
  • P. myoporoides subsp. myoporoides[6]
  • P. myoporoides subsp. petraeus — occurs on Mount Stewart in East Gippsland, Victoria[7]

In recent years a number of subspecies have been raised to species status including Philotheca conduplicata, P. epilosa, P. glasshousiensis (syn. P. myoporoides subsp. leichhardti), P. obovatifolia and P. queenslandica.[1]

Philotheca myoporoides occurs in dry forest and heathland in New South Wales.[2] In Victoria, it is recorded in woodland in rocky, mountainous areas in association with Eucalyptus regnans.[8] It is also found in Queensland.[2]

Caterpillars of the Orchard Butterfly feed on this species.[8]

Cultivation[edit]

The species is well adapted to cultivation, and plants are commercially available at nurseries in Australia.[9] The species prefers a well-drained position in light shade. Established plants tolerate both dry periods and moderate frost. Plants may be propagated from semi-mature cuttings, though some forms are slow to take root.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Philotheca myoporoides". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Philotheca myoporoides (DC.) Bayly". PlantNET — New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides subsp. acuta". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides subsp. brevipedunculata". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides subsp. euroensis". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides subsp. myoporoides". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides subsp. petraeus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b Wild Plants of Victoria (database). Viridans Biological Databases & Department of Sustainability and Environment. 2009.
  9. ^ Beeton, Irene. "Philotheca myoporoides (synonym Eriostemon myoporoides)". Growing Native Plants. Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Philotheca myoporoides". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Retrieved 7 August 2011.

External links[edit]

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