Common name: Mint Bush
Prostanthera saxicola var. bracteolata J.H.Willis APNI*
Description: Erect to prostrate shrub, 0.1–2 m high, with intertwined branches and scattered leaves. branches sparsely to moderately hairy, hairs antrorse.
Leaves linear to lanceolate, 5–9 mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, with length 4.5–10 times breadth; Leaves with lamina linear to narrow-oblong or lanceolate, 5–9 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide; base narrow-cuneate; margins incurved or inrolled; sessile.
Bracteoles 1.6–3 mm long. Calyx 4–5 mm long; tube 2–3 mm long; upper lobe 1.5–2 mm long, slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla 8–10 mm long, white to pale mauve or bluish. Anthers with appendage 0.5–0.8 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers September–December
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs from the Pilliga State Forests to Kanangra Boyd National Park.
Grows in heath, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, on sandstone in sheltered gullies.
NSW subdivisions: SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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