COASTAL BITTER BUSH FACTS
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Coastal Bitter Bush
Coastal Bitter Bush is an erect, open shrub to 2 m high with pale undersides to its lanceolate (spear-shaped) to ovate, serrated or coarsely toothed leaves; 5-10 cm long and 2-4 cm wide.
Plants are either male or female. Flowers are yellow to green. The male flower spikes are up to 17 cm long, while female flowers grow in clusters. Fruit is an ovoid capsule of about 1 cm diameter.
There are two forms of Rare Bitterbush; the glabrous (or hairless) form and a pubescent-hairy form, once known as Adriana klotzschii.
Species of coastal habitats
Native to Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.
Height (m): 1 - 2
Spread (m): 1 - 3
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 350
Flower Colour: red / brown
Flower Season: spring, summer
(source: SA State Flora Catalog)
The larvae of a butterfly, known as the Bitter-bush Blue (Theclinesthes albocincta) feeds exclusively on Bitter-bush.
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