Lomatia tasmanica W. M. Curtis
Proteaceae
Lomatia tasmanica (36763 Bytes)
A small, evergreen and upright shrub with dark green, glossy, pinnate leaves with 6 to 11 pairs of single leaves, 2.5 to 3.5 cm wide and up to 8 cm long. Single, sessile leaves, ovate, deep serrate, pointed, glabrous. Younger twigs and buds pubescent with reddish-brown hairs. Flowers in bright red terminal racemes, up to 15 cm long with yellow antheres, appear in summer. Oldest known living plant in the world (43 600 years from fossils). Only to be found at a few remote places in the South-West of Tasmania.

Home: Tasmania endemic

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Cultivated: Tasmania and Europe

Author: Rainer Oberle

Not found! Ethnobotanical aspects of Lomatia tasmanica by Plants for a future database

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