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.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath on sandstone, coastal districts from Gosford to Ulladulla.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
Text by P.H. Weston & G.J.Harden
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Leaves 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|
|2||Leaves 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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