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Geijera parviflora

Plant Family


Alternative Common Names

Sheepbush, dogwood.

Small to medium tree to 9m tall, with a large, often rounded, dense canopy with drooping branches often reaching to ground level. It is also a common tree in the Upper Darling Basin. Often seen growing close to or under other trees.

Leaves - strongly aromatic when crushed, alternate, hairless, 6-18cm long, 4-7mm wide. Shiny and dark-green, with a prominent midrib and ditted with oil glands.

Flowers - white, small, 5 petalled, about 3mm diameter, in open terminal panicles. The smell has been described as foetid, but also as citrus-scented and attracts insects.

Fruit - is more or less spherical, 4–5 mm in diameter, each containing a single shiny black.

Flowering June to November.

Indigenous uses – The Kamilaroi people used to boil the leaves and use the concoction to heal sores.


Variable, usually on areas with calcareous red clay loams, also on calcareous sandy soils; less common on alluvial soils and on hill slopes with shallow soils; dominant over small areas or scattered in woodlands such as those dominated by belah-rosewood and bimble box.

1, 5, 6, 10, 20, 21

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