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Philotheca salsolifolia (Sm.) Druce subsp. salsolifolia Family Rutaceae
Philotheca salsolifolia subsp. salsolifolia (Sm.) Druce APNI*

Synonyms: Philotheca australis Rudge APNI*

Description: Erect heath-like shrub, 0.5–2 m high, glabrous or minutely pubescent.

Leaves crowded to well-spaced, semiterete, thick, blunt and 0.3–0.5 cm long or ± terete, slender, acute and 1–1.5 cm long, glabrous or sparsely ciliate.

Flowers solitary or 2 or 3 together. Sepals broad-triangular, 1–1.5 mm long. Petals lanceolate, 6–12 mm long, pink to purple, darker below along the midline, both surfaces minutely hoary-pubescent except for the broad glabrous midline below. Stamens with filaments fused in basal half; filaments densely pilose, upper hairs spreading, surrounding but not concealing the anthers; anthers glabrous.

Cocci almost erect, oblong, compressed, 5–6 mm long, apiculate


Flower
Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: Flowers September–December

Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in coastal districts from near Taree to Bega and inland to Pilliga Scrub and West Wyalong. A variable taxon.

Grows in heath on rocky or sandy sites, inland on rocky outcrops in heath and sclerophyll forest and woodland communities.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
AVH map***

Text by P.H. Weston and G.J. Harden
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APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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