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Comesperma sphaerocarpum Steetz
Family Polygalaceae
Comesperma sphaerocarpum Steetz APNI*

Description: Straggling plant to 20 cm high with few or occasionally many ± leafless stems; stems ± ridged, glabrous or with scattered hairs.

Leaves narrow elliptic to oblanceolate < 8 mm long, < 2 mm wide, thick, rarely seen and then on lower part of plant.

Racemes lax, terminal, up to 9 cm long; pedicels 2.5–3 mm long. Flowers 3–8 mm long, bright purplish blue. Outer sepals c. 3 mm long, a half to two-thirds as long as wing sepals; wing sepals mostly 6 mm long. Lateral petals with hairs at tip, longer than keel; keel pouched at sides. Style oblique.

Fruit broad-cuneate to ± circular, c. 4 mm long.


Habit
Photo Tanja Lenz

Flower
Photo D. Hardin

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: October–May.

Distribution and occurrence: Generally grows in dry sclerophyll forest or heath on sandy soil, east of a line between Warialda and Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
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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