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

Description: Straggling, decumbent shrub with branches to 80 cm long; branchlets villous.

Leaves mainly horizontal, elliptic to ± ovate, 12–20 mm long, 3.8–7.6 mm wide, apex acute, with a small callus on the underside, base ± obtuse, margins entire and silky; lamina thin, flat to concave; petiole 1–2 mm long, hairy.

Flowers 15–17 mm diam., white; peduncle c. 3 mm long; bracts acute. Sepals 5.3–6.1 mm long. Corolla tube 1–1.3 mm long; lobes 5.5–9 mm long. Anthers 2.8–4.8 mm long. Ovary 1.5–1.6 mm long, silky; style 6–7 mm long, hairy towards base.

Capsule c. 2.2 mm long, hairy.


Habit
Photo Ian Brown

Flower
Photo Ian Brown

Flowering: July–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in skeletal sandy soils on rock ledges, cliff faces and at base of sandstone cliffs at 550-950 m alt.; in the Glen Davis and Cudgegong R. areas.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT

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

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


ECOLOGY

Life History
Flowers White or cream, July--December.

Fruit/seed Hairy capsule, 2.2 mm long, with many seeds, mature July.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.


Habitat
Habitat Cliff faces, ledges, and at base of cliffs.

Altitude 550--950 m                                      Annual rainfall 600--1000 mm

Typical local abundance Rare.

Vegetation Cliff line vegetation e.g. with Gleichenia rupestris, Epacris reclinata, Todea barbara.

Substrate Skeletal soil in rock crevices and base of sandstone cliffs, low nutrient, moist.

Exposure South to north-west aspects, sheltered.


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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