Spartothamnella juncea—Bead Bush, Square–stemmed Broom—LAMIACEAE

Spartothamnella juncea

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Habitat—Grows in sclerophyll forest and in dry rainforest and vine thickets.

Distribution— North from Camden in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Scrambling divaricate shrub, mostly 1 to 2 m high; stems 4–angled, glabrous, somewhat sticky.


Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra and Hunter Wetlands Center Newcastle.

Leaves.—Simple, opposite, entire, often reduced and scale-like, on young shoots larger and often caducous, narrow–elliptic or lanceolate, 3 to 18 mm long, usually 2 to 3 mm or rarely to 5 mm wide, margins entire or sparsely toothed, glabrous; petiole 0 to 2 mm long.

Spartothamnella juncea

Inflorescence.—Pedicels mostly to 3 mm long; bracts scale–like, 0.5 to 1.5 mm long. Calyx 1.5 to 2.5 mm long. Corolla 3 to 4 mm long, white; tube minutely pubescent outside, ± villous in the throat. Style 3 to 4 mm long.

Flowering.—Throughout year, but chiefly summer

Fruit.—Drupe 2 to 4 mm diam., orange to red

Ripe.—Throughout year.