Poranthera oreophila Halford & R.J.F.Hend. APNI*
Description: Compact herbaceous perennial to 30 cm high. Stem sparingly branched. Branchlets prostrate or weakly ascending, ± smooth, glabrous.
Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, opposite, widely spaced along branches. lamina narrow-ovate, narrow-obovate or narrow-elliptic, 4.3–6.5 mm long, 1.8–3.8 mm wide, flat or rounded with margins recurved to revolute, smooth and glabrous, midrib impressed above.
Flowers in short dense terminal racemes; racemes solitary; peduncles 5–10 mm long; rachis 2–4 mm long; bracts narrow-obovate, 1.1–2 mm long.
Capsules depressed globose, 1.7–2.2 mm across, shallowly 3-lobed.
Flowering: Flowers and fruits have been collected from November to May.
Distribution and occurrence: In alpine areas of south-eastern Australia from the Brindabella Range in the ACT to the Bogong High Plains in Victoria.
In stony clay loam soils in alpine tussock grassland and herbfield communities, at altitudes higher than 1300 m.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by C. Herscovitch, from Halford and Henderson, Austrobaileya 7(1):1-27 (2005)
Taxon concept: D. Halford and R.J.F. Henderson
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