Haloragodendron gibsonii Peter G.Wilson & M.L.Moody APNI*
Synonyms: Haloragodendron sp. nov. APNI*
Description: Straggling shrub up to 1 m tall; stems 4-angled to narrowly winged.
Leaves subsessile, lanceolate, 15–25(–28) mm long and 2–5.5(–6) mm wide, serrate; teeth reddish, variable in size, c. 5–12 on each side.
Flowering shoots (primary or lateral) terminating in a subsessile flower; lateral flowers with tapering bases. Primary bracts of the flowering shoot are reduced forms of normal foliage leaves that become smaller towards the apex. Bracteoles 1.8–2.3 mm long, 0.4 mm wide, inserted very close to the node. Flowers ±sessile, solitary; petals 6–9.5 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide; stamens 8, filaments 3–3.5 mm long, anthers 2.5–4.5 mm long, the antesepalous stamens apparently onger than the others.
Immature fruit ovoid, green, 5–6 mm long and 4–5 mm broad with a fleshy pericarp; mature fruit semipersistent on the plant, dry, dark brown, 4.5–5 mm long and 2.5–3.5(–4) mm broad, ± ovoid but weakly 4-angled and with a few coarse papillae in the lower half; pericarp woody. Seed solitary.
Distribution and occurrence: Apparently confined to Bungleboori Creek and its tributaries, Blue Mountains National Park.
Occurs in sheltered gullies and on creek banks in open forest but also in heath in rocky, exposed sites.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Wilson & Moody (2006)
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