Crowea exalata F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1 m high; branchlets slender, scarcely angled.
Leaves oblong-cuneate to spathulate, 1.5–5 cm long, 1–6 mm wide, apex rounded to obtuse and apiculate, base gradually attenuate, glabrous.
Flowers terminal or in upper axils on a short axillary shoot with few leaves; pedicel 2–4 mm long, fleshy towards the apex. Sepals 2–2.5 mm long, slightly hairy to glabrous, finely ciliate. Petals narrow- to broad-ovate, 5–12 mm long, pink to pale mauve (sometimes green in fruit). Stamens slightly imbricate, the sterile apices eventually spreading.
Cocci ± erect, c. 7 mm long.
Flowering: sporadically throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in dry sclerophyll forest on sandy soils, south from Deepwater.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
The subspecies can be difficult toseparate between Sydney and Eden
Text by M. F. Porteners & P. H. Weston
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Leaves narrow-oblong to narrow-elliptic, with length:breadth ratio of >3:1.||2|
|Leaves obcordate, length:breadth ratio of mostly <2:1. Leaves 9–11 mm long, 4–5.5 mm wide. Petals 7–9 mm long; pedicels c. 3.5 mm long.||subsp. obcordata|
|2||Petals 5–8.5 mm long; pedicels 0.5–1.5 mm long; leaves narrow-oblong to oblanceolate, 13–50 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide; leaf apex obtuse to acute.||subsp. exalata|
|Petals 7.5–14 mm long; pedicels 1.5–4 mm long; leaves narrow-elliptic or rarely narrow-oblong to oblanceolate, 20–75 mm long, 3–9.5 mm wide; leaf apex mucronate to apiculate, retuse in some southern populations.|
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