The deeply toothed leaf edges make the plant quite easy to identify even when it is not in flower. It invades in dry areas, proving quite hardy. It favours the same sort of ground that ochna also likes. “Indian” Hawthorn is misleading – the plant is native to China.

Leaves elliptical or egg-shaped, hairless (or slightly hairy at first). Flowers in early spring are long lasting and quite pretty.

This plant is certainly a bushland weed in suburban Brisbane, though not much is recorded about its characteristics in creek ecosystems.

Photo: Robert Whyte