Styphelia tubiflora

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Styphelia tubiflora
Styphelia tubiflora Ku-ring-gai Chase NP.JPG
Red Five Corner at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Styphelia
Species: S. tubiflora
Binomial name
Styphelia tubiflora
Sm.

Styphelia tubiflora, known as Red Five-corner is a shrub found in eastern Australia. The habitat is poor sandy soils, in dry eucalyptus forest or heathlands. It occurs in areas such as Sydney, Jervis Bay and the Blue Mountains.

Description[edit]

Typically it grows around 50 cm tall. The leaves are small, 7 to 24 mm long, 1.5 to 3.3 mm wide.[1] Oblong or obovate in shape, with a sharp tip and very short leaf stem. Flowering occurs between April and August. Attractive red flowers 25 mm long and more or less tubular in shape. Occasionally the flowers are yellowish green or cream. The fruit is small and globular, containing five seeds.

painting by James Sowerby

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