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Lasiopetalum ferrugineum Sm.
Family Malvaceae
Lasiopetalum ferrugineum Sm. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 1 m high, young branches hoary or rusty-tomentose.

Leaves mostly 2–12 cm long, 5–40 mm wide, ± entire or shallowly sinuate, upper surface glabrous to sparsely pubescent, lower surface white to rusty-tomentose; secondary veins pinnate, sometimes 3–5-veined from base, prominent on both surfaces, impressed above, raised and rusty-coloured below; petiole 2–20 mm long.

Cymes dense, many-flowered, nearly sessile, reflexed; bracteoles linear, 3–5 mm long. Calyx 4–10 mm long, both surfaces hairy.

Capsule 3–5 mm diam., tomentose.

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo A.E. Orme

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Photo A.E. Orme

Other photo
Photo A.E. Orme

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: In eucalypt forest and heath on coast and adjacent ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, most leaves <10 mm wide, tapered to petiole or base truncate or lobed. Lamina 3–9 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, margins entire to shallowly lobed or sinuate, apex rounded to acutevar. ferrugineum
Leaves ovate to lanceolate, most leaves >10 mm wide, base cordate or lobed. Lamina 2–9 cm long, 8–40 mm wide, margins mostly entire, rarely shallowly sinuatevar. cordatum

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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