Common name: common fringe-myrtle
Calytrix tetragona Labill. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 0.5–2 m high; terminal buds with bud scales.
Leaves linear, 1–12 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, margins often finely toothed or ciliate; petiole to 1.5 mm long.
Bracteoles 2–4.5 mm long, free or fused, pubescent to glabrous, caducous. Hypanthium 7–15 mm long, 10-ribbed, usually glabrous. Sepals ovate to ± circular, 2–2.5 mm long with awn to 17 mm long, glabrous and green, persistent and turning red to purple in fruit. Petals elliptic to lanceolate, 3.5–7.5 mm long, apex obtuse to acute, glabrous, white to pink. Stamens 1-seriate, up to 5.5 mm long.
Flowering: all year, chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll forest, widespread on skeletal and sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
This species is very variable and there is considerable diversity in flower, leaf and habit. None of these forms has been formally named.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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