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Common name: Hairy anchor plant, Australian Anchor Plant
Discaria pubescens (Brongn.) Druce APNI*
Description: Rigid shrub 0.4–2.5 m high, dominated by spines, leaves often falling early. Spines 15–50 mm long, stems and spines remaining green.
Leaves ovate to oblong, 3–15 mm long, usually finely toothed; stipules 1.5–3 mm long.
Flowers c. 3 mm diam., clustered in groups of 10–50 at base of spines; pedicels 5–10 mm long.
Capsule 4–5 mm diam., pedicels 10–20 cm long, usually 2–10 developing from each flower cluster.
Distribution and occurrence: In woodland and forest, often in rocky situations; widespread, but considered endangered.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RCa
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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