Common name: Native Pellitory
Parietaria debilis G.Forst. APNI*
Description: Polygamous annual herb with tender stems.
Leaves with lamina mostly ovate, rarely narrower, mostly 1–3 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, both surfaces sparsely pubescent to ± glabrous, lateral veins in 3 pairs; petiole 10–30 mm long, c. as long as lamina.
The lower axils mainly female with upper axils mixed male, female and bisexual flowers. Lateral flowers long-pedicellate in fruit; bracts of involucre lanceolate to broad-elliptic with a simple or ± branched midvein; involucre concealing flower and shed with fruit.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, but not common on the coast, usually in well-drained sites on ± calcareous soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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