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Rulingia hermanniifolia (J.Gay) Endl.
Family Malvaceae
Rulingia hermanniifolia (J.Gay) Endl. APNI*

Description: Prostrate or trailing shrub, stems to 1 m long.

Leaves oblong to lanceolate, mostly 0.5–2 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, sometimes lobed and larger in juveniles (up to 4 cm long and 3-lobed at base with petiole 10–30 mm long in new growth after fire), apex obtuse, margins irregularly crenate, recurved; upper surface pubescent to glabrous and strongly wrinkled, lower surface densely tomentose; petiole 0–3 mm long.

Cymes few-flowered, longer than petioles. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals c. 2 mm long, pinkish.

Capsule 4–6 mm diam., tomentose with very short stellate hairs, bristles c. 1 mm long, ± glabrous except for apex; fruits mostly summer.

Photo J. Plaza

Distribution and occurrence: Often spreads 1-2 m across ground or pendent down rock faces, mostly on sandstone cliffs or along gullies; rare, chiefly confined to coastal areas from Broken Bay to Botany Bay, also south to Jervis Bay, and along the Shoalhaven R.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)

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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