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Common name: Conesticks
Petrophile canescens A.Cunn. ex R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub 0.5–1.2 m high, young shoots at least pubescent.
Leaves in plants in southern and central parts of the State usually 5–9 cm long, leaves in northern specimens mostly 3–7 cm long; undivided part longer than divided part; leaf segments terete, divaricately divided.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, spike-like, ± ovoid. Perianth 10–14 mm long, silky. Cones oblong-ovoid, 15–30 mm long; sessile or on peduncles to 10 mm long, terminal and solitary, or with several axillary cones close to the base; bracts pubescent, at least when young, opening to release the nuts.
Nut 2–5 mm long, shorter than the bract with hairs often longer than the bract.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry and wet heath and dry sclerophyll forest on deep sandy soils on the coast and ranges, north of Nerriga district and to Warialda on the slopes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J Harden
Taxon concept: D.B. Foreman (1995)
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