Zieria smithii—Sandfly Zieria, Smithian Zieria, Dr Smith's Zieria—RUTACEAE

Zieria smithii

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Habitat—Widespread on the coast and ranges including margins of rainforest.


Description— Erect robust shrub to 2 m high; branches slightly ridged when young, warted, ± glabrous to stellate—tomentose, older branches glabrescent.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, leaflets 3, distinct oil dots, strong odor; central leaflet narrow elliptic, oblong or lanceolate, to 20 to 45 mm long, 4 to 7 mm wide, apex acute; margins entire, slightly undulating, ± recurved; upper surface darker, dotted with oil glands, ± warted, glabrous except for hairs along midvein furrow; lower surface dotted with oil glands, ± warted, either glabrous or with scattered stellate hairs; venation evident, especially on lower surface; petiole 10 to 20 mm long.

Zieria smithii
Zieria smithii

Inflorescence.— Shorter than the leaves, 7 to 60-flowered. Calyx lobes triangular, 1 to 1.5 mm long, glabrous to hirsute. Petals 2 to 4 mm long, imbricate, usually white, pubescent

Flowering.—Spring and Autumn.

Fruit.—Cocci ± warted, glabrous, usually with a small terminal appendage.

Ripe.—Late Spring to Winter.

Zieria smithii