Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
Leionema sp. 'Colo River’
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May
|Common name ||-|
|Scientific name ||Leionema sp. 'Colo River’|
|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
You’ll 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.
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