Common name: Narrow-leaved Cotton Bush
Gomphocarpus fruticosus (L.) W.T.Aiton APNI*
Description: Shrub 0.6–2 m high, stems few, finely hairy when young.
Leaves with lamina linear to narrow-lanceolate, 4–12 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, soft, smooth, tapering to a fine point, base attenuate; petiole 3–10 mm long.
Umbels 5–10-flowered; pedicels slender, 10–20 mm long. Flowers 12–13 mm diam., pendent. Corolla lobes ovate, ciliate, 6–7 mm long.
Follicles ovoid, slightly falcate, 4–6 cm long, 2–3.5 cm diam., gradually narrowed into a short, curved beak.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A. *W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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