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Capparis loranthifolia Lindl.
Family Capparaceae
Capparis loranthifolia Lindl. APNI*

Description: Dense tree or shrub with spreading crown, 2–8 m high; juvenile shoots with a rusty tomentum; stems and leaves early glabrescent.

Leaves with lamina linear to narrow-oblanceolate, 3–7 cm long, mostly 8–10 mm wide, secondary veins 5–8 pairs, obscure; spines straight, 4–7 mm long, absent from fertile twigs.

Flowers terminal, 1–5 at end of branches, pedicels 20–40 mm long. Petals to 20 mm long, cream. Gynophore 15–25 mm long.

Fruit ± globose, 30–40 mm diam., smooth or coarsely netted; stalk 2–9 cm long.


Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland, sometimes a weed in cleared areas; rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. loranthifolia

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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