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Astroloma humifusum is a small dense many-branched shrub forming cushion-like mats to 15 cm high. It grows in open forest, on sandstone or shaly soils or heavier clays, often in exposed rocky spots.
The leaves are small and narrow, 5-12mm long, narrow lance-shaped. They are finely toothed and have sharp points.
The flowers are red cigar-shaped tubes about 14mm long with tufts of hair inside and spreading lobes at the top. They are often hidden by the leaves.
The fruit is a greenish drupe which has an edible sweetish pulp and a large relatively stone
Astroloma humifusum flowers in Summer.
The name Astroloma comes from the Greek astron - star, and loma - a fringe, from the tufts of hair inside the floral tube.
Note photos highly magnified