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Hibbertia incana (Lindl.) Toelken
Family Dilleniaceae
Hibbertia incana (Lindl.) Toelken APNI*

Description: Spreading, much branched shrubs to c. 1.5 m high; branches with a soft tomentum of stellate hairs with long silky hairs above them.

Leaves linear to linear-triangular, 5–14 mm long, 1.7–2.5 mm wide, apex, obtuse or rounded, margins revolute; both surface softly stellate-tomentose and overtopped by longer silky hairs, upper surface sometimes glabrescent.

Flowers sessile, in terminal clusters of 1–7, sometimes up to 12, surrounded by broadened leaf-like bracts and subtended by smaller leaf-like bracts 3.4–8.2 mm long, with recurved margins. Sepals 6–12 mm long, stellate-tomentose and overtopped with longer silky hairs. Petals 4.5–13.5 mm long. Stamens 8–16, on one side of carpels. Carpels 2, densely hairy.


Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in heath, and sclerophyll woodland and forest, but often associated with granite outcrops.

In heath, and sclerophyll woodland and forest, but often associated with granite outcrops.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST, CWS, NWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

The record from the Central Coast (NSW) is currently on loan to another Institution, but probably = Hibbertia superans In recent years H. incana and H. sericea have usually been combined under the latter name. The distribution of the two species are quite separate with H. incana essentially with an inland distribution, ocurring in NT CT ST CWS SWS NWP SWP; Vic., S.A., whereas H. sericea is in more coastal, and in Vic., S.A., Tas.; and possibly in southern coastal NSW. The NC record of H. sericea is included under H. riparia complex. The two species can be distinguished by the the midrib of the cauline leaves and the hairs on the sepals. H. incana has the midvein continuing to the apex of the leaf, and the upper two-thirds of the inner side of the outer sepals are with hairs. H. sericea has the midvein not continuing up to the apex, and the inner side of the outer sepals are half covered with hairs. Ref. Toelken (1995).

Text by G. J. Harden & J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)


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