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Common name: Showy Boronia, Sydney Boronia, Ledum Boronia
Boronia ledifolia (Vent.) J.Gay ex DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Boronia rosmarinifolia var. albiflora APNI*
Boronia rosmarinifolia subsp. albiflora Cheel APNI*
Boronia triphylla var. flore-plena Cheel APNI*
Boronia triphylla Rchb. APNI*
Boronia ledifolia var. pinnata Domin APNI*
Boronia whitei Cheel APNI*
Description: Shrub 0.3–1.5 m high; young branchlets stellate-tomentose, glandular-warty.
Leaves 1-foliolate or pinnate with 3–7 leaflets, terminal leaflet usually longest; rachis 2–8 mm long, winged; leaflets linear-elliptic to narrow-elliptic or oblong, 4–34 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse, margins entire and revolute to recurved, upper surface sparsely hairy to glabrous and shining, lower surface tomentose and paler; petiole 2–4 mm long.
Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered to rarely few in a small cyme; pedicels 6–12 mm long. Calyx tomentose. Petals 5–10 mm long, valvate, pale to bright pink, tomentose, persistent in fruit.
Flowering: Flowers July–Oct.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone and granite. Occurs south from Tenterfield; especially common in coastal sandstone communities.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
Some botanists consider that the northern populations (NT) with narrower leaves should be separated as B. whitei; however, narrow- and broad-leaved plants grow in the CWS and CC and the distinction cannot be maintained without further research.
Text by P.H. Weston & M.F. Duretto
Taxon concept: M.F. Duretto (1999)
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