Hibbertia sericea

Common name: 

Silky Guinea-flower

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (BCDEJKMNPTWXZ) also SA, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sandy soils in heathland or heathy woodland near the coast1

Flower description:



Erect, spreading shrub to 70 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Two varieties are present in Victoria- var. sericea has leaves that are 5-8 times wider than they are long and the undersurface of the leaves are densely hairy. Hibbertia sericea var. scabrifolia has leaves which are 3-5 times longer than wide. The undersurface of the leaves are mostly covered by the rolling under of the edges of the leaves1
Only H. sericea var. sericea is found at the Prom.

Image of Hibbertia sericea
Image of Hibbertia sericea Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Hibbertia sericea var. scabrifolia is rare in Victoria


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria