|Genus Agiortia ||Family Ericaceae|
Description: Shrubs to 1.5 m high.
Leaves alternate, spreading or ascending. Winter bud scales falling during first season.
Inflorescenses terminal or in the upper axils, of 2-several flowers plus a bud-like rudiment. Flowers subtended by a bract and 2 keeled bracteoles, often distinctly pedunculate. Corolla tube longer than sepals; corolla lobes hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: 3 species in north-eastern NSW and south-eastern Qld.
Named in honour of the late Mrs Peggy Agior-Tis, long time friend and resident of Innisfail, North Queensland.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Quinn, C.J. et al. (2005) Australian Systematic Botany 18, 439-454.
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves up to 2.5 mm wide, strongly discolorous, margins distinctly revolute, tapering to a prominent aristate apex, pungent; veins prominently raised abaxially, unbranched, c. 5; flowers not pedicellate above the bracteoles||Agiortia cicatricata|
|Leaves up to 5 mm wide, discolorous or not, margins flat or only slightly incurved, the apex blunt or acute but not pungent; veins distinct on the abaxial surface but not prominently raised, numerous, subparallel, branching distally and to the margins; flowers shortly pedicellate above the bracteoles||2|
|2||Lamina discolorous, abaxial surface glaucous and bearing lines of minute papillae between the veins||Agiortia pedicellata|
|Lamina not markedly discolorous, abaxial surface paler green but not glaucous, without lines of papillae between the veins|
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