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Actinotus paddisonii R.T.Baker
Family Apiaceae
Actinotus paddisonii R.T.Baker APNI*

Description: Prostrate perennial herb, with slender, diffuse or ascending branches 25–50 cm long.

Leaves few, 3-partite, lamina 7.5–18 mm long; segments undivided or 2–3-lobed, linear-cuneate, or oblong-linear, acute, 2–6 mm long, plumose-hairy; petiole 3–25 mm long, broadening and stem-clasping at the base Umbels head-like, 5–8.5 mm diam., or to 18 mm diam.

including bracts; peduncle 2.5–5.5 mm long. Bracts 12–20, lanceolate, joined for about half their length, 3.5–11 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, silky overall with plumose hairs; pedicels ± absent. Flowers green, mostly bisexual. Sepals acute, villous outside. Petals absent.

Fruit ± circular, 1.9–2.7 mm long, 1.5–2.2 mm wide, black, ± glabrous.


Illustration
R. T. Baker

Flower
Photo A. J. Perkins

Flowering: late spring to autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows usually in red sand, restricted to the Bourke, Enngonia and Lightning Ridge areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3K
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for genera with authors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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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