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Petalostylis labicheoides – Butterfly Bush (seed)


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Petalostylis labicheoides is a member of the Caesalpiniaceae family and is native to inland areas of Australia, mainly Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. An erect shrub, sparsely hairy to glabrous, to about 3 metres tall.

The name Petalostylis alludes to the prominent style in the centre of the flowers, which is broadly winged and boat-shaped and resembles a petal (Moore, 2005). A beautiful species with horticultural potential. The specific name labicheoides refers to its similar appearance to the genus Labichea, also in the Caesalpinaceae. Also called Slender Petalostylis.

Petalostylis labicheoides is reported in the literature to contain: N,N-dimethyltryptamine, N-methyltryptamine, tetrahydroharman and tryptamine (Willaman and Li, 1970). All compounds were found in the seeds and/or the leaves.

Care and Cultivation of Petalostylis labicheoides

Pour just boiled water over Petalostylis labicheoides seeds and leave to soak for up to 24 hours. Plant seeds in a well drained mixture (we use perlite and washed river sand in a deep pot. Use normal mix in the bottom of the pot to stop sand washing out) in a full sun position. Susceptible to damping off in cool wet areas. Petalostylis labicheoides likes plenty of rootspace in a sandy but aerated potting mixture (we are finding sand mixed with perlite to be an excellent medium). Full sun. Drought tolerant and hardy species.

5 seeds per packet


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