COASTAL CUSHION BUSH (Leucophyta brownii)

Found it!

I thought the bush in the previous post looked a bit like one of the Coastal Saltbushes I’d seen down at the Jawbone Coastal Conservation and Nature Reserve and I was right.

I found the name of my mystery local bush with the right words in a search of Google Images late last night.  It’s halfway down the pdf. here

Then of course, I was able to type the correct name into my Google search and read more about it at Victorian Resources online

I thought it looked a very drought-hardy plant even in the flat open windy area near my local river, so looking up Coastal Saltbush wasn’t too far wrong.  It brought me to a Coastal plant website.  In fact, after putting the right words, in the right order, in my Google search I found the name in something like 5 minutes.  Just goes to show how appropriate wording in your search can be vital in identifying local flora and fauna quickly.

I’ve often spent, quite literally years, searching for names and given up, then one day decided to try again with different wording for Mr Google and I’ve come up trumps in 5 minutes.

It’s all very well to bookmark an Australian Plant directory online (OR even look up my own 2 plant encyclopaedias), but narrowing  your plant search  down with carefully chosen words can be a great time saver.

Now I’ve found it, I can name the photo and put together a short post on last Saturday’s walk and bird life.

9 thoughts on “COASTAL CUSHION BUSH (Leucophyta brownii)

    1. I think my ‘searches’ are improving in sentence structure in the last year or so, Linda. I’m never sure whether to put the word ‘Australia’ first or last though. I could not believe how quickly I found the ID of this plant last night, but I’m certainly beginning to recognise some of the coastal saltbush varieties now I’ve read up and bookmarked some of them, so ‘grey, coastal’ did reveal some more answers.


  1. I live in the far south of NZ and a few years ago lived in The Catlins where I grew this in my garden because I found it in a garden centre in Invercargill and loved the look of it. I thought it was a wonderful plant. I knew it was native to Australia and treasured having it. I remember the name-tag said Calocephalus brownii and I think I knew the name then changed at some point. It’s a really awesome plant!


    1. I think there are several varieties of this plant – hence name difference perhaps, one having yellow flowers, but I love the use of it in the landscaping along the river. It certainly is hardy in this dry flat area.

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      1. After posting my previous comment I looked at the link you gave, and there I saw that the two names are synonyms, with yours being the most recent. Funny, I can’t even remember its flowers now – I bought it for the foliage and was always glad I’d got it!

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    2. I like the ‘bobbly’ look of the flowers or buds or whatever they are. I’ve never seen yellow flowers on this particular patch near the river, but that might merely be the time of year I’ve walked that way.

      You might enjoy my post of the Rounded Noon Flowers at Newells Paddock Nature Reserve located That’s just under 4 kilometres away from my home via the river path. I walked home from there once, but can’t walk much with a dodgy hip.

      That carpet of pink flowers are absolutely stunning.

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    1. I agree Gunta.
      I’m gradually learning his methods though – only took me 8-9 years 😀 I’m always amazed at how one single word can make all the difference in a search.

      I’m starting to go by gut instincts as well. I thought this plant had characteristics of some of the coastal plants I’d seen in the last year or so.


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