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Keraudrenia integrifolia Steud.
Family Malvaceae
Keraudrenia integrifolia Steud. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 1 m high, rusty-tomentose.

Leaves mostly oblong and 1–3 cm long, rarely lanceolate and to 5 cm long, 6–11 mm wide, margins entire or almost so; upper surface glabrous to finely pubescent with veins scarcely visible, lower surface white-tomentose and sprinkled with rusty-stellate hairs; petiole 3–6 mm long.

Cymes loose, c. as long as the leaves. Calyx 6–10 mm long, bluish to purplish, pubescent, lobes acute.

Fruit 5–7 mm diam., white-tomentose, mostly deeply 3–5-lobed with lobes separating at maturity; lobes usually 1-seeded, not readily dehiscent.


Flowering: spring to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Mainly grows in deep sand or rocky hillsides in semi-arid areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

These specimens differ from the typical form (found in W.A. and adjacent N.T.) in which the fruit is globose and softly hairy with long hairs and the carpels do not readily separate and the calyx lobes are obtuse.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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