Bushman’s Clothes Pegs
Form and Size: A small tree or shrub, 3-10m high.
Distribution: Cape York Peninsula and extending south along the
Dividing Range to about Jericho; in open forests.
Leaves: Egg-shaped to lance-shaped or oval, grey-green to
bluish-green, leathery, covered with downy hairs, 7-1cm x 3-6cm; new growth bronze, softly hairy.
Bark: Dark brown to black, deeply furrowed.
Flowers: Creamy-white, perfumed; borne on cylindrical racemes
8-25cm long, arising terminally and from the axils, pendulous.
Flowering Period: July to September.
Fruit: Follicles, almost globular, brown to black, very hard,
thick and woody, 2.5-4cm diameter seeds surrounded with a broad wing.
Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed. Usually found on well
drained sandstone ridges and sandy plains so would obviously appreciate well drained, open soils. An excellent
plant for contrast with its dark bark and dull greyish-green leaves. The seed capsules are attractive and are
sometimes retained on the tree for several years. They are quite substantial and were used by pioneers as
‘bushman’s clothes pegs’. It is reported that the timber was a favourite with Aborigines for boomerang