Common name: mountain rose
Metrosideros nervulosa C.Moore & F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree to 8 m high; young stems and leaves greyish white-tomentose, glabrescent; bud scales to 15 mm long, acute.
Leaves coriaceous; lamina flat, broadly ovate to suborbicular, 2–3.5 cm long, 1.4–2.7 cm broad, very shortly and abruptly acuminate at apex; lateral veins evident, 0.3–0.5 mm apart, without intermediate reticulate veins; petiole 2–4 mm long.
Inflorescence greyish white-tomentose, an aggregation of 3–4 pairs of 3-flowered cymes. Hypanthium 4–5 mm long; sepals triangular, 3–4 mm long, persistent; petals orbicular to spathulate, 3–5 mm long; filaments 17–23 mm long, deep red, occasionally yellow.
Fruit a capsule, 6–8 mm long; valves included or level with the rim of the hypanthium.
Flowering: Late October to January.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Shrubland or low forest; occurring mostly at altitudes of 300-900 m on the main peaks.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Common name: "Mountain Rose"
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: J.W. Dawson, Kew Bull. 45 (2): 244. 1990.
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