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Rupicola ciliata Telford
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Rupicola ciliata Telford APNI*

Description: Decumbent shrub with branches to 50 cm long; branchlets villous.

Leaves mainly horizontal, elliptic to ± ovate, 8–14 mm long, 3–4.1 mm wide, apex acute, base ± cuneate or subobtuse, margins finely and evenly ciliolate and often with some longer hairs; lamina thin, ± flat; petiole 0.8–1 mm long, pilose.

Flowers 6–8 mm diam., white or cream; peduncle 3–4 mm long; bracts acute to acuminate. Sepals 3.3–5 mm long. Corolla tube 1.4–1.5 mm long; lobes 4.9–5.8 mm long. Anthers 2.3–3.5 mm long. Ovary 1–1.4 mm long, glabrous; style 4.5–5 mm long, glabrous.

Capsule c. 2 mm long, glabrous.

Photo W. Cherry

Flowering: Nov–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in skeletal sandy soils in rock crevices, on rock ledges and beneath cliff overhangs in Kurrajong Heights, Bilpin to lower Yarramun Creek areas in the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT

Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RC-t
AVH map***

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


Life History
Flowers White or cream, October--December, peak November.

Fruit/seed Capsule 2.5 mm long, with many seeds, mature December--January.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.

Habitat Rock crevices, rock ledges and beneath cliff overhangs.

Altitude 400--900 m                                      Annual rainfall 900--1200 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent.

Vegetation Rock ledge vegetation with e.g. Acrophyllum australe, Gleichenia rupestris, in open-forest with Eucalyptus piperita, E. gummifera, E. agglomerata.

Substrate Crevices and shallow benches on sandstone cliffs, low nutrient.

Exposure Sheltered.

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***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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