Laxmannia compacta Conran & P.I.Forst. APNI*
Description: Prostrate to stilted spreading herb to c. 10 cm high.
Leaves spreading to decurved, linear, mostly 4–51 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, long-acute, pungent, margins ciliate; sheath scarious, 2.5–11 mm long.
Inflorescences 7–11-flowered; scape erect, 1.7–8.5 cm long; outer bracts 4–8, oblong-ovate, 2–4 mm long, pink-brown; inner bracts 2–4 mm long, irregularly fringed, white to translucent. Flowers white to pink, opening at night. Outer tepals 3–4 mm long; inner tepals 3–5 mm long, loosely tubular with recurved obtuse apices. Stamens 2–4 mm long; anthers c. 0.25 mm long, yellow. Style 0.5–1 mm long.
Capsule ovoid to globose, 2–3 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shrub and heath communities on sandstone-derived soils; north from Nowra district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. McCune & D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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