River Lomatia, Long-leaf Lomatia, Long Leaf Lomatia, Long-leaf Lomatia., Mountain Beech.
Lomatia myricoides, Lomatia longifolia.
Lomatia, from Greek loma, fringe or border, referring to leaf stalk-border around seed wing. Myricoides, from Greek Myrica and oides, similar to, referring to resemblance Myrica species, the Wax Myrtles.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Paddy"s River-Burra Valley and Tooma. Probably also in surrounding areas in similar country.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic.
Often along watercourses or in sclerophyll forest, at altitudes up to 1000m.
Open shrub or small tree 2-5m high. Narrow leaves 5-20cm long, with toothed margins.
Shaded cool positions in moist well-drained soil. Tolerates most frost, and dry periods once established. Tolerates short periods of wetness.
Very attractive river bank shrub.
Usually creamy (sometimes pink), summer. Fragrant. Flowers regularly except during drought.
Early to late Jul, when follicle becomes dark and splits. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity. Large quantities produced.
From seed or green hardened cuttings. Germinates readily from fresh seed. Grow young plants in pots for 12 months before planting out. Seedlings from seed and cuttings slow-growing.
Shade and shelter
May be useful low-level cover in windbreaks.
Useful in controlling streambank erosion due to soil-binding fibrous roots. Tolerates floods.
Probably food source for insect and nectar-feeding birds, and stream habitat for fish.
Attractive for screening or informal hedges. Flowers well with summer watering. Lightly prune regularly to promote bushiness. Grows in full sun if ample moisture available.
Flowers suitable for indoor decoration.