Styphelia_triflora.jpg (45035 bytes)Styphelia triflora: is a member of the Epacridaceae family and is a dwarf to small shrub that may be spreading to upright.

The leaves are up to 3.5 centimetres long and one centimetre wide. They are elliptic to oblong-elliptic, often crowded and green to bluish-green with a sharp point. In common with all family members the minor leaf veins are parallel to the major mid-vein.

The attractive flowers are tubular, about four centimetres long and usually pink to red but sometimes cream to pale yellow. Blooms usually hang down from the stems, are conspicuous and attract honeyeaters. The main flowering period is from April to November but sporadic blooms appear at other times. Flowers are followed by fleshy, edible fruits.

Styphelia triflora is widespread and its distribution extends from Queensland to the South Coast, Tablelands, Slopes and Plains of New South Wales.

Styphelia triflora is an attractive shrub but is rarely cultivated although the species was cultivated as early as 1796 in England.

Propagate from seed or cuttings which are slow to form roots.

 

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