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Species profile—Boronia safrolifera (safrole boronia)


Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → RutaceaeBoronia safrolifera (safrole boronia)

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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Boronia safrolifera Cheel
Common name
safrole boronia
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Conservation significant
Wetland status
Wetland Indicator Species
Pest status
Boronia safrolifera is a small, slender shrub growing to 2.5m. The branchlets are sparsely to moderately covered with fine hairs, becoming hairless with age. The leaves are pinnate (separate leaflets along each side of a common stalk) with 7-19 leaflets and the terminal leaflet shortest (2.5-7 mm long). The midrib is slightly winged and often curved, 2-4cm long. The leaflets are narrow elliptic to obovate (reverse egg-shaped), with a short pointed tip, the margins slightly toothed or entire and recurved (curved under). Leaflets have a paler lower surface, may be hairless or slightly hairy and measure 3-18mm long by 1-3.5mm wide.
Flowers are deep pink (occasionally pale or white) with petals 4.5-7mm long. Fruits are a compressed oblong shape, hairless and about 3-4.5mm long. (Stanley & Ross 1983; Duretto 2003; Weston & Duretto 2003)
This species is known to occur in coastal areas from Bribie Island, Queensland to Port Stephens, New South Wales. (Stanlay & Ross 1983; Weston & Duretto 2003)
Distributional limits
-27.0342872, 153.0843943
-28.0900672, 153.5010596
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Boronia safrolifera occurs in swamps or badly draining, wet, sandy areas in heath (wallum). (Stanley & Ross 1983)
When the leaves are crushed their odour is similar to that of safrole (an oily substance extracted from the fruit of the sassafras plant). (Stanley & Ross 1983)
Flowering occurs mainly from August to November, and sometimes in autumn. (Stanley & Ross 1983; Weston & Duretto 2003)
Contributors: Ailsa Holland, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009
Duretto, M.F. (2003). Notes on Boronia (Rutaceae) in eastern and northern Australia. Muelleria 17: 19-135.
Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1983). Flora of south-eastern Queensland (volume 1). Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.
Weston, P.H. and Duretto, M.F. (2003). Boronia safrolifera, in PlantNet: New South Wales Flora Online. National Herbarium of New South Wales. Accessed 25/09/2008.
Profile author
Ailsa Holland (27/01/2009)

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This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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8 March 2022