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Brachyloma saxicola J.T.Hunter
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Brachyloma saxicola J.T.Hunter APNI*

Synonyms: Brachyloma daphnoides var. latiusculum Blakely & McKie APNI*

Description: Bushy, erect shrub to c. 4 m high.

Leaves 4–21.4 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide, oblanceolate or narrow elliptic to oblong, thick, flat, acute; leaf margin entire, upper margin sometimes serrulate; blade dark green above, lighter below, mainly glabrous, or adaxial surface scabrous towards base. Petiole c. 1 mm long, villous.

Flowers white to cream, towards the base of current seasons growth; peduncle villous, c. 1 mm long; bracts leaf-like, mostly surrounding flowers, caducous; bracteoles strongly keeled, ciliate, 2–3 mm long. Sepals ciliate, 3–4 mm long; corolla tube constricted below the lobes, cylindrical, 2–3 mm long, papillose, lobes triangular 1.5–2 mm long, densely papillose all over; anthers papillose, red. Ovary waxy above, 5-celled; style 2–3 mm long, papillose.

Fruit globose, 3–4 mm high, 4–5 mm wide, with ridged surface.

Distribution and occurrence: NT restricted dist

Restricted to upper parts of granite slopes and tor fields. Predominantly along drainage lines at the edges of exposed granite slopes and around granite boulders.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT

Threatened species: ROTAP: 2VC
AVH map***

Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Hunter & Williams

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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