Atkinsonia ligustrina (A.Cunn. ex F.Muell.) F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Nuytsia ligustrina APNI*
Description: Erect shrub 1–2 m high, parasitic upon the roots of other plants.
Leaves lanceolate, 2–5 cm long, 6–14 mm wide, apex obtuse, base attenuate; petiole c. 2 mm long.
Racemes shorter than leaves, 2–8-flowered; pedicels very short; bracteoles 3, 2 close under the flower, with a third often a little lower on the pedicel. Flowers sweetly scented. Petals usually 6, occasionally 7 or 8, linear, c. 6 mm long, yellow.
Fruit ovoid-oblong, c. 15 mm long, scarlet.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in woodland and heath in exposed sites, a single plant often parasitic on the roots of many nearby plants; confined to a small area in the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCa
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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