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Conospermum ellipticum Sm.
Family Proteaceae
Conospermum ellipticum Sm. APNI*

Description: Erect shrub 50–80 cm high with virgate branches, hoary-tomentose to glabrous.

Leaves ascending to spreading, not twisted, elliptic to obovate, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, apex subulate, glabrous.

Inflorescences paniculate; peduncles ascending, 1–4 cm long, longer than the leaves. Perianth 6–8 mm long, cream to white.

Nut 2–3 mm long, hairy.


Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet heath on shallow sandy soil on sandstone, on the coast from Botany Bay to Jervis Bay, also recorded from the NC and near Kanangra Walls.
NSW subdivisions: ?NC, CC, SC, ?CT
AVH map***

Intermediates between this species and C. taxifolium are found in areas where they grow together.

Text by D. Mackay
Taxon concept: E.M. Bennett (1995)


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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