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Philotheca buxifolia (Sm.) Paul G.Wilson
Family Rutaceae
Philotheca buxifolia (Sm.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*

Description: Small shrub to 0.3 m high; stems terete, ribbed, finely bristly.

Leaves ± circular to broad-elliptic or obovate, 6–18 mm long, 3–12 mm wide, mostly glabrous, apex rounded and apiculate, upper surface ± flat to concave and smooth, lower surface keeled and glandular; sessile.

Flowers axillary, solitary, not exceeding the leaf; peduncle 0–2 mm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long, with 4 small bracteoles at base. Petals broad-elliptic, 8–15 mm long, white (to pink outside in bud), glabrous, sparsely glandular on thickened keel.

Cocci erect or slightly divaricate, c. 7 mm long, beak c. 3 mm long.


Flowering: winter–spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath on sandstone, coastal districts from Gosford to Ulladulla.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
AVH map***

Text by P.H. Weston & G.J.Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Leaves circular to broad-elliptic, 3.5–12 mm wide, base cordate or narrowed, margins entire.2
Leaves obovate, 3–6 mm wide, base cuneate, margins strongly glandular-crenate. Pedicels sparsely and finely bristly.subsp. obovata
2Leaves not strongly conduplicate falcate; base cordate; lower surface smooth; chiefly in the Sydney area. Pedicels glabrous or rarely finely bristly.subsp. buxifolia
Leaves strongly conduplicate falcate; base narrowed; lower surface glandular-punctate; confined to the Jervis bay area. Pedicels glabrous or finely hispid.
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subsp. falcata

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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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