Common name: Dwarf Kerrawang
Rulingia prostrata Maiden & Betche APNI*
Description: Prostrate shrub forming dense mats 30–50 c. across and up to 5 cm high, sparsely sprinkled with stellate hairs.
Leaves ovate to lanceolate, mostly 2–6 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, apex obtuse, margins irregularly crenate or lobed, lobes ± acute; upper surface green and glabrescent, lower surface sparsely tomentose; petiole 10–20 mm long.
Cymes many-flowered, longer than petioles. Calyx c. 2 mm long. Petals 2–3 mm long, pinkish.
Capsule c. 8–10 mm diam., stellate hairs on bristles short and dense; fruits spring to summer. Mainly in gullies along the escarpment, south from Picton Lakes.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly in gullies along the escarpment, south from Picton Lakes, with a disjunct occurrence at the Tomago Sandbeds near Newcastle.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered ROTAP: 2ECi
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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