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 August–December
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
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Leaves glabrous, 2–19.5 mm, generally >7 mm, long; young stems glabrous or variously hairy; flowers white or with red markings||2|
|Leaves scabrous to villous, 1.5–8 mm, generally <7 mm, long; young stems hispid to villous; flowers always white||subsp. pubescens|
|2||Flowers white; young stems hispid to villous; leaves 2–19.5 mm long||subsp. daphnoides|
|Flowers with some red colouring, at least at corolla base and lobes when juvenile; stems glabrous to scabrous, rarely sparsely hispid; leaves 2–12 mm long|
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