The genus Lambertia are a group of flowering plants, belonging to the family Proteaceae, and endemic to Australia. The genus was named by Sir James Edward Smith in 1798 in honour of the English botanist Aylmer Bourke Lambert.
The Lambertias have a common name of “wild honeysuckle”, alluding to the flowers, which are asymmetrical with a long floral tube and tightly rolled lobes. Individual species may have their own local common name, such as the Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa) in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales and Prickly Honeysuckle (Lambertia echinata) in the south-west region of Western Australia.
Leaf shape varies between species as can be described in their common names ie Heath-leaved Honeysuckle (L. ericifolia), Holly-leaved Honeysuckle (L. ilicifolia) and Round-leaf Honeysuckle (L. orbifolia).1
The genus are evergreen shrubs that can be low growing, to small trees up to 3 metres in height, depending on species and where it is growing.
At the time of writing, there are eleven recognised species, ten of which are endemic to the South West of Western Australia, and one, L. formosa, found in the Central Coast region of New South Wales (Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands, NSW).
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Charophyta
- Class: Equisetopsida
- Subclass: Magnoliidae
- Superorder: Proteanae
- Order: Proteales
- Family: Proteaceae
- Genus: Lambertia
Footnote & References
- Lambertia Sm., Western Australian Herbarium (1998–). Florabase—the Western Australian Flora. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, https://florabase.dbca.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/21321
- Lambertia Sm., Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https%3A//id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2903088
- Genus Lambertia, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/83619-Lambertia
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