Daviesia latifolia is a slender, open, evergreen shrub usually growing 1 - 3 metres tall, occasionally reaching 5 metres[
]. Although it produces true leaves as a seedling, the mature plant does not have true leaves but has leaf-like flattened stems called phyllodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Australia - southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Open forests, especially in hilly and mountainous areas, forming dense scrub on silurian, basalt and red sand soils[
]. Widespread in dry sclerophyll communities, growing on a wide range of soils; at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
Daviesia latifolia is native to eastern Australia from the temperate zone in Tasmania to the subtropical zone in northern New South Wales, and can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres. It is tolerant of occasional moderate frosts[
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained, light to medium-textured soil.
The bitter-tasting leaves have been used as a hop substitute for flavouring beer[
The leaves are febrifuge, tonic and vermifuge[
]. The bitter-tasting leaves are infused in water to make an invigorating tonic and to treat fevers[