Common name: Candle Heath
Richea continentis B.L.Burtt APNI*
Description: Multibranched shrub 50–100 cm high.
Leaves erect or spreading, ovate to triangular, 2–4 cm long, 4–7 mm wide above the sheathing base, shortly pungent-pointed; margins entire.
Inflorescence terminal, spike-like, at first short with the flowers enclosed in brown bracts, later elongating to 5–15 cm or more; bracts falling. Flowers greenish or creamy-white. Sepals broad-ovate, 2–3 mm long. Corolla fleshy, 5–8 mm long, 4–5 mm diam. Stamens with filaments 2–3 mm long; anthers c. 1 mm long.
Fruit 3–5 mm diam.
Flowering: mainly January–February
Distribution and occurrence: Common in subalpine and alpine bogs and adjacent grassland; south from Brindabella Ra.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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