Bitter Cryptandra, Pretty Cryptandra, Pretty Pearlflower, Spiny Cryptandra.
Cryptandra amara, Cryptandra amara var. longifolia.
Up to 1m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Burrumbuttock-West Hume and Upper Gilmore. Probably also in similar country surrounding those noted.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Open country, particularly heathland. Usually on shallow gravelly or skeletal soils. Also on red earths.
Shrub to 1m high, often intricately branched, the smaller branches sometimes ending in spines, with small leaves and conspicuous.
May be slow-growing.
White flowers mainly Aug-Sep.
Cover fruiting branches with paper bags or nylon stockings after flowering to catch seed.
Generally grown from cuttings which may be slow to root.
Good habitat, attracting insect-eating native birds.
Attractive ornamental for shrubberies and rockeries due to its flowering.
Abbreviated to Cryptandra amara in the General Native Vegetation Profiles. Flowers are long-lasting and have cut-flower potential.