Apophyllum anomalum Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, circa 1901
Warrior Bush
or Currant Bush
Don Herbison-Evans,
Valda Dedman

This plant is a small tree with a short trunk, or even a leafless shrub, 2 to 5 metres high. It is drought-resistant and found in woodlands on loams of NSW plains east of the Paroo-Darling systems. It is often associated with Belah, Bimble Box and Leopardwood.

The twigs on the ends of the branches are smooth and green, and inclined stiffly upward.

(Photo: courtesy of Martin Bennett, Chinchilla)

The stems have pairs of red spines, particularly at twig junctions. The plant has small, whitish, fragrant flowers that are arranged in short clusters.

It is an important food plant for the larvae of the butterfly:

Belenois java

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Further reading :

Leon F. Costerman,
Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, Lansdowne Publishing Pty. Ltd., Australia. 1996.

(updated 29 December 2009, 8 September 2017)