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Comesperma ericinum

Pink Matchheads, Heath Milkwort 

Family: Polygalaceae

Comesperma ericinum is a small, erect shrub found on sandstone in heath and dry eucalypt forest. In the park it can be seen along the ridgetop walk to Blue Hole. It is easily recognised by the cluster of bright matchlike buds at the ends of the branches. The shape of the cluster of flowers resembles an upside-down cone.

Leaves of Comesperma ericinum are fairly soft, alternate and narrow, 5-12mm long. They can be flat or have recurved margins.

The name Comesperma comes from the Greek meaning hair-seed, referring to tufts of hair on the seed.

Comesperma ericinum flowers in Spring.

Comesperma ericinum

Comesperma ericinum

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