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Philotheca scabra (Paxton) Paul G.Wilson
Family Rutaceae
Philotheca scabra (Paxton) Paul G.Wilson APNI*

Synonyms: Eriostemon scaber Paxton APNI*

Description: Small shrub to 0.6 m high; stems terete, ± bristly.

Leaves sessile, ± terete to narrow-oblong to elliptic, 10–25 mm long, 1–5 mm wide, apex acute and mucronate, sparsely bristly, upper surface smooth and deeply concave, lower surface warty and rounded; sessile.

Flowers axillary, solitary; peduncle 0.5–2 mm long; pedicel 2–5 mm long with 2 pairs of minute bracteoles at base. Petals elliptic, 7–8 mm long, white to pink, glabrous, keel thickened and glandular.

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

Flowering: Spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Coastal ranges, from Sydney to the Nerriga district.

Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath on the coastal ranges.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
AVH map***

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

 Key to the subspecies 
1Stems not warty, finely bristly. Leaves ± terete due to conduplicate margin, 1–2 mm wide, ± hispidsubsp. scabra
Stems markedly warty, minutely bristly to glabrous. Leaves oblong to elliptic or narrow-ovate, 1.5–5 mm wide, concave above, slightly warty, glabrous or sparsely and shortly hispidsubsp. latifolia

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***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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