Longevity 10--20 years. Plants recorded in unburnt bush after 13 years (at Field of Mars).
Primary juvenile period 3--5 years (Benson 1985).
Flowers White--pink, sweetly scented, at any time of year, peak July--August. (Red form at northern coast of Jervis Bay only.)
Fruit/seed Capsule, 2.5 mm diam., with many small seeds, average seed weight 0.2--0.25 mg (J. Howell pers. comm.).
Dispersal, establishment and growth No special dispersal morphology (Westoby et al. 1990), probably wind-dispersed.
Fire response Killed and re-established from soil-stored seed (at Brisbane Water).
Sandstone plateaus, coastal dunes.
Altitude 0--1000 m
Annual rainfall 800--1600 mm
Typical local abundance Frequent--abundant.
Vegetation Heath e.g with Banksia serrata, Lambertia formosa, Xanthorrhoea resinifera, and dry eucalypt open-forest e.g. with Eucalyptus piperita, E. haemastoma, E. gummifera.
Substrate Fine silty sand--gravelly soil on sandstone and dunes, low nutrients, well-drained.
Exposure Full sun to light shade.
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