Bedfordia arborescens



Bedfordia arborescens, common name blanket leaf, is a shrub or small tree of south eastern Australia which grows 3 to 6 metres in height, sometimes reaching 12 metres tall and a 45 cm trunk diameter. The long leaves have a woolly white underside. The trunk is often not straight, irregular in cross section but not buttressed. The main branches form close to the ground.
Small branches covered in a whitish felt. Older branches covered in stringy and flaky brown bark. Leaves alternate, entire, wavy edged, white underneath, dull green above, 15 to 24 cm long and 2 to 4 cm wide. The midrib is sunken on the top side, and raised on the lower side. Yellow flowers without ray florets form on panicles in November to January. The fruit is a ribbed achene, whitish with bristles on the top, 8 mm long in the shape of a cigar. Fruiting occurs from December to January.

201.00 Location Many specimens form part of the Tarwin River bank restoration plantings by the West Gippsland CMA in 2009/11

SKU: 201

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