Asterolasia correifolia (A.Juss.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 2.5 m high, branches white to brown stellate-tomentose. Stems with a dense ndumentum of rusty to orange-brown stellate hairs; stellate hairs often stalked, rays usually 1.0−1.5 mm long.
Leaves: petiole 5−11 mm long; lamina ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, 20−120 mm long, 11−45 mm wide, apex bluntly acute, base cuneate, margins entire; abaxial surface densely stellate-tomentose, with 1 or 2 layers a lighter coloured layer of smaller hairs overtopped by larger pigmented stalked hairs, stellate hairs with rays to 1.5 mm long, epidermis obscured or nearly so; adaxial surface sparsely stellate-hairy, glabrescent, becoming smooth.
Inflorescence an axillary umbel of 4−10+ flowers; peduncle absent or to 5.0 mm long; pedicels (5−)7−20 mm long. Petals (4.5−)5.5−7.5 mm long, cream to yellow; lower surface with hyaline stellate hairs; upper surface glabrous. Ovary densely hairy with coarse stellate hairs; style glabrous.
Cocci 3.5−4 mm long, 2.5−3 mm wide; densely hairy, beak obscured by hairs, beaked.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet sclerophyll forest in moist gullies, and is widely distributed in the North Coast and Central Coast, and on the Central and Southern Tablelands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Shows substantial variation in leaf shape and size.
Text by M Duretto
Taxon concept: Alvarez & Duretto (2019) Telopea 21: 381-389.
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