Common name: Pink Velvet Bush
Lasiopetalum behrii F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1.5 m high.
Leaves narrow-oblong to narrow-elliptic, or rarely ovate, 4–9 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide, ± glabrous above and rusty tomentose below, with main vein and secondary veins visible; margins ± recurved. Petiole 3–10 mm long.
Cymes mostly 2–8-flowered; bracteoles 3, stellate-hairy, 2–3 mm long; calyx lobes 5–8 mm long, the inner surface pink and glabrous or with a few scattered hairs, the outer surface white and densely stellate-hairy; petals 1–1.5 mm long, red-brown; anthers c. 2 mm long, red-brown; style glabrous.
Capsule 4–8 mm diam., densely hairy.
Flowering: Flowers late winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee and red dune/swale country, recorded for Pooncarie district.
In mallee and red dune/swale country.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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