Australian Native Plants

  Spyridium vexilliferum (Winged Spyridium)


Spyridium vexilliferum photo
Spyridium vexilliferum (cultivated, labelled) Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




WINGED SPYRIDIUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Spyridium vexilliferum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Winged Spyridium

Other Names
Propeller Plant, Helicopter Bush

Description
Winged Spyridium is a small shrub that grows to about a metre tall. The leaves are narrow without hairs above and paler below with white or brownish hairs. It produces heads of small white flowers in spring and summer. The individual flowers have five petals and are only about 1.5mm in diameter and are densely clustered into flower heads that are surrounded by two or three white bracts. The plant gets its common name of Propeller Plant from the arrangement of the flower bracts. The fruit is a paper-like capsule.

Height
0.3m - 0.9m

Habitat
found on heathland and river banks and also on rocky slopes in some areas

Distribution
Spyridium vexilliferum is found in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Rosales
Family:Rhamnaceae
Genus:Spyridium
Species:vexilliferum
Common Name:Winged Spyridium


Relatives in same Genus
  Spyridium parvifolium