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Darwinia fascicularis Rudge
Family Myrtaceae
Darwinia fascicularis Rudge APNI*

Description: Erect or decumbent shrub to 0.3–2 m high.

Leaves crowded, opposite or whorled, terete or almost so, 8–16 mm long, glabrous.

Flowers on peduncles ≤ 1 mm long; bracts leaf-like or triangular and scarious, 2–14 mm long; bracteoles triangular or oblong, 3–5 mm long, caducous. Hypanthium 5–7 mm long, 1–1.5 mm diam. with rounded ribs. Sepals triangular, ≤ 0.5 mm long, usually toothed; up to half as long as the petals. Style straight or slightly curved, 12–18 mm long, white to red.


Flower
Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: winter–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and dry sclerophyll forest; coastal districts and adjacent ranges, from Gosford south to Bulli.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Flowers in groups of 4–20, crowded. Erect shrubs to 2 m high; branches not producing adventitious rootssubsp. fascicularis
Flowers usually only 4, rarely 2 or 6, in distinct pairs. Decumbent shrubs to c. 30 cm high; branches often prostrate and producing adventitious rootssubsp. oligantha

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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