Common name: Variable Smoke-bush, Yew-leaf Smoke Bush, Paint Brush
Conospermum taxifolium C.F.Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub 50–80 cm high with virgate branches, hoary-tomentose to glabrous.
Leaves ascending to spreading, mostly twisted, narrow-elliptic to narrow-oblanceolate, 0.5–3 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute to ± aristate, glabrous.
Inflorescences paniculate; peduncles ascending, 2–9 cm long, usually not conspicuously longer than the branches of the Inflorescence. Perianth 6–7 mm long, cream to white.
Nut 2–3 mm long, hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll woodland, typically in dry heath on deep sand dunes; on the coast and adjacent ranges, with isolated occurrences on the Slopes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Intermediates between C. taxifolium and C. ericifolium or C. ellipticum also occur; however, they are relatively uncommon and usually occur in areas where populations of 2 of the 3 taxa grow adjacent to each other. Intermediates between C. ericifolium and C. ellipticum apparently do not occur as these taxa do not grow in the same or adjacent areas.
Text by D. Mackay
Taxon concept: E.M. Bennett (1995)
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