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Prostanthera cryptandroides A.Cunn. ex Benth. subsp. cryptandroides Family Lamiaceae
Prostanthera cryptandroides subsp. cryptandroides A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*

Description: Low divaricate shrub, 0.5–2 m high, strongly aromatic, viscid; branches usually not distinctly hairy and not appearing glandular because stalked glands <0.02 mm long.

Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate, 6–9 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; apex obtuse; base cuneate to obtuse; margins with 3 or 4 obtuse lobes on either side; surfaces light green, glabrous or with sparse gland-tipped hairs, viscid; petiole 0–1 mm long.

Flowers axillary; bracteoles leafy, not persistent, 4–5 mm long. Calyx 6–7 mm long; tube 3–4 mm long; upper lobe 2–3 mm long, not or only slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla 11–15 mm long, lilac to mauve. Anthers with appendage c. 1.5 mm long.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Habit
Photo Andrew Orme

Flower
Photo Andrew Orme

Other photo
Photo Andrew Orme

Flowering: September– April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows chiefly in the Lithgow to Sandy Hollow districts.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, often in rocky sites.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, CWS

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable
AVH map***



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***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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