Hibbertia_obtusifolia.JPG (26862 bytes)Hibbertia obtusifolia: is a member of the Dilleniaceae family and is one of the shrubs that are native to Yallaroo. We have many individuals, of the species, scattered through the Yallaroo bushland. Our plants reach a height of about one metre. They have fleshy leaves and bright yellow flowers in spring and summer. The blooms are about three centimetres in diameter and their cheerful colour lights up the surrounding bushland. Hibbertias are commonly known as Guinea Flowers. This refers to the yellow flower colour that is said to resemble the British guinea coin that is no longer in circulation. Hibbertia obtusifolia is unpalatable to stock. This is why our Hibbertias survived after years of heavy grazing.
Hibbertia obtusifolia is widely distributed and is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. There is great variation in the species and no doubt Hibbertia obtusifolia will be subjected to botanical revision in the future.
There is a prostrate form that is readily available from nurseries. It has smaller flowers than our upright form and develops into a dense carpet about 50 centimetres in diameter.
Hibbertias are very widespread in the wild and all species have yellow flowers. Unfortunately these colourful natives are not very common in cultivation. Hopefully this deficiency will be remedied in the future. At least 110 species are native to Australia.
Hibbertia obtusifolia, as with all other Hibbertias, is propagated from cuttings.