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Comesperma defoliatum F.Muell.
Family Polygalaceae
Comesperma defoliatum F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Slender shrub to 60 cm high with few to numerous erect ± leafless stems arising from a woody base; stems ± ridged, glabrous.

Leaves elliptic to narrow-elliptic, 5–12 mm long, < 1.5 mm wide, rarely seen and then on lower part of plant.

Racemes terminal up to 10 cm long; pedicels 1–2.5 mm long. Flowers 3–5 mm long, blue or purplish blue. Outer sepals c. 1 mm long; wing sepals mostly 2–3 mm long, shortly clawed. Lateral petals spathulate, longer than keel; keel pouched at sides. Style apex forked.

Fruit ovate, with a long narrow base, 7–11 mm long.


Herbarium
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Flowering: Nov.–May.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet sandy heath or swamp in sclerophyll forest, east from Rylstone area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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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