pinkwood (Beyeria viscosa)

Size: 
2 to 9 metres
Form: 
Tree
Natural Distribution: 
Widespread in dry eucalypt forests and gullies in Tasmania and eastern Australia.
Description: 

This tall shrub carries its male and female flowers on separate plants. If planted in your garden and pruned lightly, it provides a good screen.

Its species name 'viscosa' refers to its viscid or sticky leaves.

Its common name 'pinkwood' refers to the pinkish to reddish-brown colour of its timber.

It flowers from December to February.

Habitat Value:

Insects, such as ants, are attracted to the pollen and nectar in its flowers.

(Photos:  Tim Rudman)

STUDENT INQUIRY QUESTIONS

This plant has sticky leaves. Why would a plant have evolved to have sticky leaves?