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Family Rutaceae

Phebalium dentatum

Diagnosis: It is absolutely impossible to miss this shrub when it's in flower, the ends of the branches are completely covered in masses of light yellow flowers, all with prominent stamens protruding from the flower. The leaves are dark green above, silvery underneath, elongate and have a distinct midvein. They give off a very strong smell when crushed.

Flowering: Early spring

Habitat: Open forest on sandy soils under trees on steep slopes

Distribution: Widespread on sandstone soils in Sydney, also north coast and northern tablelands

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