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An evergreen shrub up to 10 or 12 ft high, the young shoots felted with pale brown wool. Leaves lanceolate or narrowly ovate, much tapered at both ends, 11⁄2 to 41⁄2 in. long, 1⁄3 to 11⁄4 in. wide, glabrous above, covered beneath with brown wool, especially on the midrib; stalk 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, woolly. Flowers 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 in. long, produced in spring on a terminal, few-flowered umbel, sometimes solitary. Petals yellow, recurved; sepals awl-shaped, 1⁄4 in. long; flower-stalks woolly.
Native of New South Wales; introduced according to Aiton in 1795. It is rather distinct on account of the dense covering of brown wool on the young shoots and leaves. It is not hardy near London and is adapted only for the southwestern counties and places with a similar climate.