|Lomatia tasmanica W. M. Curtis|
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
Other views: Leaves
Cultivated: Tasmania and Europe
Author: Rainer Oberle
Not found! Ethnobotanical aspects of Lomatia tasmanica by Plants for a future database
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