Hibbertia acicularis (Labill.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Diffuse, prostrate or erect shrub 30–150 cm high, stems glabrous.
Leaves linear or narrow-elliptic, 6–40 mm long (mostly < 20), 0.5–2 mm wide, apex pungent or rarely acute and not pungent, margins recurved and ± concealing lower papillose surface of lamina, otherwise ± glabrous.
Flowers axillary, peduncles 2–10 mm long. Sepals 4–6 mm long, glabrous to sparsely hairy with ± hooked hairs. Petals 8–11 mm long. Stamens 6–8, on 1 side of carpels. Carpels 2, usually densely hairy or rarely glabrous (in some CWS specimens).
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in heath and dry forest on infertile sands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Specimens with longer leaves (20–-35 mm long) and apex acute but not pungent have been recorded in CWS and CC; carpels either glabrous (in CWS specimens) or hairy (CC specimen).
Text by G. J. Harden & J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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