Male flowers and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT

Male flowers and leaves. Photo: Russell Best, Wyperfeld National Park, Vic

Shrub. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: A Lyne, Wyperfeld National Park, Vic

Common Name

Pale Turpentine Bush, Felted Wallaby Bush




Sticky shrub to 1.5m tall. Leaves alternating up the stems, 0.1-4cm long, 1-7mm wide, linear to flat, shiny and hairless above, white woolly below, the edges more or less curved down, tips blunt. Male and female flowers on separate plants. Flowers often small (less than 3mm across), with 0 petals, 5 sepals. Male flowers with pale green to yellow or white (reddened in parts) sepals, and yellow anthers, in groups of 1-3 on stalks arising from the bases of the leaves; female flowers with whitish sepals, solitary at the bases of the leaves.

Description and photo (as Beyeria leschenaultii) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 453-454

PlantNET description with line drawing: