Lomatia-fraseri.jpg (50524 bytes)Lomatia fraseri: is a member of the Proteaceae family with leaves that are extremely variable and may reach a height of two metres or more.

The leaves may be entire, regularly or irregularly toothed or with lobes that may be toothed. Leaves may be from five to 15 centimetres long with the under surface covered in silky hairs. Individual plants may sometimes carry a number of different leaf shapes.

The flowers are more regular. They are fragrant, cream or whitish and carried in 12 centimetres long clusters at the base of the leaves. They appear in summer. The fruits are leathery pods and contain two overlapping rows of winged seeds.

Lomatia fraseri is a handsome shrub. Foliage, flowers and pods are all attractive features. Light pruning is appreciated.

Lomatia fraseri is found in eastern New South Wales and Victoria as well as southern Tasmania.

Lomatia fraseri is one of the dominant shrubs, in company with Olearia oppositifolia, at an altitude of 1600 metres on the fringes of temperate rainforest in New England National Park, east of Armidale, New South Wales.

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

 

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