Common name: pink wax flower
Eriostemon australasius Pers. APNI*
Synonyms: Eriostemon australasius subsp. australasius Pers. APNI*
Eriostemon lanceolatus C.F.Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Erect, bushy shrub 1–2 m high; stems angled, smooth, minutely stellate-hairy.
Leaves narrow-oblong to narrow-elliptic, 20–80 mm long, 8–14 mm wide, apex acute, base narrow-cuneate and tapering into an indefinite petiole, both surfaces sparsely and minutely stellate-hairy when young, eventually glabrous.
Flowers near apex of the stems; pedicels 4–12 mm long, with 5–12 scattered, imbricate, sepal-like bracteoles. Petals elliptic, c. 18 mm long, pink to red, 3-veined, apex inflexed in bud.
Cocci c. 9 mm long, not beaked.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath on sandstone; north from Lake Conjola.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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