Diosma Coleonema album (Thumb.) Bartling & H.L. Wendland
Synonyms - Diosma album
Family: - Rutaceae
Album refers to the white or pale flowers.
A compact, many branched, fragrant, shrub 0.5-2 m tall and round with many, small white 5 petalled flowers and fine, sharply pointed, crowded leaves.
Alternate, crowded, almost erect.
Stipules - none.
Petiole - Short
Blade - Parallel sided, with clear dots that are oil glands. 5-10 mm long by 1 mm wide. Flat to concave on top, keeled underneath. Tip pointed with a fine sharp spine. Base tapering. Sides parallel, translucent and smooth to very finely toothed. Hairless but fine teeth on leaf margins look like hairs.
Many woody branches with drooping branchlets that are covered with fine straight hairs.
Flowers single of in small clusters in leaf axils and surrounded by small sharp bracts.
White to light pink, 10-12 mm wide, symmetrical on short 1mm stalks (pedicels). Bisexual.
Ovary - 5 cells
Style - Short, united from the base and appears simple.
Stigma - 5 lobed, head like.
Sepals - Egg shaped, 2 mm long, tip pointed, edges translucent and hairy.
Petals - 5, white to light pink, spoon shaped, 5 mm long, overlapping, narrowed into a lengthwise channelled claw at the tip. Tip obtuse with a sharp flexible point
Stamens - 5 of similar length with anthers in a single ring, attached to the outer edge of the disk. 5 without anthers (staminodes) hidden in the claw of the petals. Filaments - tapering to a fine point. 2-3 mm long for those with anthers and 1-2 mm long for ones without anthers.
Anthers - 1 mm, oblong with a gland at the tip.
Bracts - 6-8, egg shaped, with pointed tips, hairy edges and pressing closely on the sepals
5 segments, hairless, flattened, rough and horned at the tip
Taproot with many laterals.
Leaves mucronate and keeled below.
5 fertile stamens
Staminoidal filaments concealed in the longitudinal channels of the petals.
Adapted from J.R. Wheeler.
June-September in WA.
Seed Biology and Germination:
Pink, white dwarf forms are sold by nurseries.
Population Dynamics and Dispersal:
Origin and History:
Spreading around Australind, Ludlow, Esperance, Mandurah and Harvey.
Prefers sandy soils.
Widely planted ornamental.
Minor environmental weed.
Management and Control:
Not an agricultural weed.
Manually remove isolated bushes.
Spray until just wet with 10 mL glyphosate (450 g/L) or Grazon or Garlon plus 2.5 mL Pulse penetrant in 1 L water.
No other species in this genus in WA.
Plants of similar appearance:
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Bodkin, F. (1986). Encyclopaedia Botanica. (Angus and Robertson, Australia).
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Lazarides, M. and Cowley, K. and Hohnen, P. (1997). CSIRO handbook of Australian Weeds. (CSIRO, Melbourne). 265.1.
Marchant et al (1987). Flora of the Perth Region. (Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia). P486.
Paczkowska, G. and Chapman, A. (2000). The Western Australia flora: a descriptive catalogue. (Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc), the Western Australian Herbarium, CALM and the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority). P521.
Randall, J.M. and Marinelli, J. (1996) Invasive Plants. (Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Inc. Brooklyn). P. Photo.
Wheeler, Judy, Marchant, Neville and Lewington, Margaret. (2002). Flora of the South West: Bunbury - Augusta - Denmark. (Western Australian Herbarium, Bentley, Western Australia). P875. Diagram.
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