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Pomax umbellata (Gaertn.) Sol. ex A.Rich.
Family Rubiaceae
Pomax umbellata (Gaertn.) Sol. ex A.Rich. APNI*

Description: Erect to spreading subshrub to 40 cm high; stems ± pubescent.

Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 4–30 mm long, 2–13 mm wide, apex acute, lamina glabrous to hairy; petiole 1–9 mm long.

Inflorescences with peduncles 0.5–1.2 cm long. Flowers usually 2–4 together in simple heads surrounded by a calyx-like cup, c. 1.5–2 mm long, enlarging in fruit up to 4 mm long. Corolla 2–3 mm long, reddish, ± hairy outside. Anthers exserted c. 2 mm long.

Fruit obconical, empty calyx persistent on plant for some time; seeds 2–3 mm long.


Flower
Photo D. Hardin

Fruit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: Aug.–Sept.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of communities; widespread in sandy or stony soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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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