Heath Cryptandra
Heath Cryptandra
Heath Cryptandra (Cryptandra tomentosa)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Roses (Rosales)
Family: Buckthorn (Rhamnaceae)
Species: Heath Cryptandra (Cryptandra tomentosa)
This Photo:     Buds
Other name: Prickly Cryptandra

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A very stiff structure, reminiscent of boxthorn. Leaves are dark green and tiny cylinders. On first inspection it looks like the flowers are compound of white balls. A closer look reveals this to be creamy white buds with tiny bell flowers. As flowers bloom, the "white balls" get a spiky appearance, due to the bell flowers 5 triangular tipped petals. Flowers die to a pretty apricot colour adding to the display.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Jul-2012
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)