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Prostanthera cryptandroides A.Cunn. ex Benth.
Family Lamiaceae
Prostanthera cryptandroides A.Cunn. ex Benth. APNI*

Description: Low divaricate shrub, 0.5–2 m high, strongly aromatic, viscid; branches moderately to densely covered with short curled or long spreading hairs and gland-tipped hairs.

Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate, 6–9 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; apex obtuse; base cuneate to obtuse; margins with 3 or 4 obtuse lobes on either side; surfaces light green, glabrous or with sparse gland-tipped hairs, viscid; petiole 0–1 mm long.

Flowers axillary; bracteoles leafy, not persistent, 4–5 mm long. Calyx 6–7 mm long; tube 3–4 mm long; upper lobe 2–3 mm long, not or only slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla 11–15 mm long, lilac to mauve. Anthers with appendage c. 1.5 mm long.

Photo J. Plaza


Flowering: September– April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest, often in rocky sites; chiefly in the Lithgow to Sandy Hollow districts.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
44Calyx and branches not appearing glandular because podiate glands <0.02 mm long; calyx with inner surface glabrous or with an occasional hair and gland (visible by10X magnification); adaxial calyx lobe with apex rounded to 3-lobedsubsp. cryptandroides
44Calyx and branches distinctly glandular, podiate glands (0.1–)0.2–0.6; mm long; calyx with inner surface glandular (visible by 10× magnification); adaxial calyx lobe rounded to slightly emarginatesubsp. euphrasioides

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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