Common name: Kerrawang
Rulingia dasyphylla (Andrews) Sweet APNI*
Synonyms: Rulingia pannosa R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–4 m high, often flowering young so as to appear as a subshrub.
Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly 3–7 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, base slightly cordate, margins coarsely toothed, sometimes lobed; upper surface pubescent but usually becoming glabrous or scabrous and wrinkled with impressed veins, lower surface velvety-pubescent; petiole mostly 5–10 mm long. Juvenile leaves often 3–5-lobed, to 10 cm long, 6 cm wide, ± golden velvety to pubescent with long stellate hairs.
Cymes few-flowered, longer than petioles. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals 2–3 mm long, pinkish.
Capsule 5–7 mm diam., bristles rigid, 2–3 mm long. Fruits summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Often grows in rocky sites, especially along gullies and streams; widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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