Prostanthera marifolia R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Prostanthera sp. 'Manly Dam' (Conn 4444) APNI*
Description: Erect, openly branched shrub up to c. 0.3 m high, faintly aromatic; branches sparsely to moderately hairy, with mostly straight, spreading or slightly retrorse hairs.
Leaves with lamina ovate to almost elliptic, often appearing slightly triangular when margin more strongly recurved, 8–12 mm long, 4–6 mm wide; base shortly attenuate; margin entire or occasionally slightly 1-lobed on each side, may appear bluntly 1-toothed because margin slightly recurved; apex rounded; surfaces green, sparsely to moderately hairy [as for branches]; sparsely glandular; petiole 0.5–1 mm long; venation not visible, except midrib raised on lower surface.
Flowers axillary; bracteoles persistent, 1–1.5 mm long. Calyx 3.5–5.5(-7) mm long; tube 1.3–2 mm long; upper lobe 2.5–3.6 mm long, only slightly enlarged in fruit. Corolla 9–12(-15) mm long, purple to mauve. Anthers with appendage 0.6–0.9 mm long.
Fruits 1.5–1.8 mm long.
Flowering: Probably throughout much of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: This species was previously recorded from the Sydney harbour region and was presumed extinct. All attempts to recollect this species were unsuccessful until 2001.
Woodland dominated by Eucalyptus sieberi and Corymbia gumnifera. In deeply weathered clay soil with ironstone nodules.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Critically Endangered
Previously the taxonomic status of this name was uncertain and the species was presumed to be extinct. Users were encouraged to apply this name to current living plants only after careful consideration. However, the re-discovery of a few plants of this species in the Sydney region has allowed a detailed circumscription to be provided here. The conservation status of this plant will now have to be re-assessed, but it will no doubt be regarded as at least endangered.
Text by B.J. Conn (2004; revised 2007)
Taxon concept: B.J. Conn
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