Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden




Leionema sp. 'Colo Riverí

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May

Common name -
Scientific name Leionema sp. 'Colo Riverí
Family  Rutaceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek leios, smooth to the touch, and nema, a thread, referring to the 'hilar strand', which is a small piece of tissue joining the hilum (scar on the side of the seed) to the ovule.

Distribution The species is restricted a small area of the Colo River, a couple of kilometres downstream from the confluence of Hungryway Creek, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Native habitat In the flood zone.
Description

The adult plants grow to 1.5 m x 1.5 m and have starry white flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in May-June.

Location in Garden

Youíll find it in Bed 4b in the Connections Garden.

 

First discovered in the early 1960s, this species was not rediscovered until 2000, when Tony Rodd, a botanist formerly of Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, was undertaking willow removal on the Colo River, and noticed a small population of these shrubs while having lunch.

It shows considerable horticultural potential and we are trialling it in a range of soils.

 

 

 

Leionema sp. 'Colo River'

Leionema sp. 'Colo River'