Bertya cunninghamii subsp. rupicola Halford & R.J.F.Hend. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1.5 m high, glabrous, branches slender, ± viscid.
Leaves petiolate, petioles 0.5–1 mm long, glabrous; lamina narrow-linear, 10–20 mm long, 0.6–0.9 mm wide; upper surface green, glabrous and smooth; lower surface white, densely stellate-hairy; apex rounded to truncate or sometimes obtuse; base cuneate; margins recurved to midrib concealing lower surface, with a small gland either side of midrib near base of lamina.
Flowers axillary, solitary or two together; peduncles 0.2–1.3 mm long; bracts 4–7, 1–1.5 mm long, thick, narrow, unequal. Perianth segments 2–3 mm long; male segments ovate-oblong; female segments ovate to triangular, not enlarging under capsule. Male flowers with androecium 2.5–4 mm long; stamens 15–37. Female flowers sessile or shortly pedicellate; pedicels up to 0.8 mm long. Ovary glabrous; styles shortly united or almost free, limbs deeply 2–3 lobed.
Capsule 6–8 mm long, glabrous. Seed c. 3–3.5 mm long.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in New South Wales near Glen Innes. NT; Qld.
Found in open shrubland communities on shallow sandy soils in rocky sites on river banks and mountain summits.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Gooma bush, wallaby bush.
Text by D. M. Crayn
Taxon concept: D. A. Halford and R. J. F. Henderson (2002)
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