Waxflowers now on show


Winter in Melbourne is not all bare branched exotics and swathes of damp green foliage. Wandering around Victoria’s streets and gardens, you may have noticed a native small to medium shrub covered in small star-shaped pink and white flowers. This is the Long Leaf Waxflower, Philotheca myoporoides (formerly known as Eriostemon myoporoides), a member of the Citrus (Rutaceae) family. While the flowers are unscented, the leaves are covered in small oil glands and give off a citric aroma, particularly when crushed.