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Common name: Daphne Heath
Brachyloma daphnoides (Sm.) Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Styphelia daphnoides Sm. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub 40–150 cm high; branchlets hispid.
Leaves ovate or obovate, elliptic or ± circular; 4–15 mm long, 1.7–3.6 mm wide; apex ± obtuse with a small callus; base subobtuse; lamina discolorous, upper surface glossy, lower surface dull and paler, glabrous or hairy; petiole distinct, 0.9–1.2 mm long.
Flowers axillary, often grouped, cream; bracts leafy, caducous, 0.5–2.5 mm long; bracteoles 1–1.7 mm long. Sepals 1.4–2 mm long. Corolla tube usually flask-shaped, 4.3–5.5 mm long; lobes 1.8–2.4 mm long.
Fruit depressed-globose, 2–3 mm long, c. 4 mm diam., ridged, green to yellow-brown.
Flowering: mainly Aug.–Dec.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland on sand, sandy loams or occasionally more clayey soils; common.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell & R. Makinson
Taxa not yet included in identification key
Brachyloma daphnoides subsp. daphnoides,
Brachyloma daphnoides subsp. glabrum,
Brachyloma daphnoides subsp. pubescens
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