Common name: Rylstone Bell
Leionema sympetalum (Paul G.Wilson) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Phebalium sympetalum Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Description: Shrub 2–3 m high; stems angled, stellate hairy.
Leaves obcuneate to elliptic, 1.5–3.5 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, smooth, ± glabrous, margins slightly recurved when dry, ± finely toothed towards retuse apex (rarely toothed along full length of margin), midrib impressed above, prominent below.
Inflorescences terminal, cluster of 1–3 flowers, often nodding; pedicels slender, red, c. 7 mm long. Calyx fleshy, hemispherical, glabrous, lobes broad-triangular. Corolla tubular, 10–15 mm long, greenish yellow, separating towards apex into erect acute lobes, minutely gland-dotted. Stamens longer than petals.
Cocci erect, c. 4 mm long, outer angle shortly beaked.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rocky outcrops in dry sclerophyll forest, chiefly in the ranges east of Rylstone. on the Central Tablelands and on the border with Central Western Slopes.
NSW subdivisions: CT, CWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by D.M. Crayn, P.H. Weston & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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