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Rupicola sprengelioides Maiden & Betche
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Rupicola sprengelioides Maiden & Betche APNI*

Description: Erect shrub to 150 cm high; branchlets villous.

Leaves ± erect, narrow-elliptic, 10–28 mm long, 1.8–3.1 mm wide, apex acute, thickened and rounded at tip and concave above, base cuneate, margins entire or minutely fringed towards the base or overall; lamina ± thin, flat; petiole to 1 mm long, scabrous.

Flowers 6–9 mm diam., white or cream; peduncle 5–10 mm long; bracts acute to acuminate. Sepals 2.8–6.6 mm long. Corolla tube 1.3–2 mm long; lobes 4–6.3 mm long. Anthers 1.5–2 mm long. Ovary 0.8–1.3 mm long, glabrous; style 3.8–5.8 mm long, glabrous.

Capsule c. 1.8 mm long.


Habitat
Photo Ian Brown

Flower
Photo Ian Brown

Flowering: September–February

Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to skeletal sandy soils on sandstone ledges, cliff faces and rocky ground, in the Burragorang Valley.
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)


ECOLOGY

Life History
Flowers White, at any time, peak November--December.

Fruit/seed Capsule, 2 mm long, with many seeds.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.


Habitat
Habitat Sandstone ledges, cliff faces, rocky ground.

Altitude 0--650 m                                      Annual rainfall 1200--1400 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent--occasional.

Vegetation Cliff faces e.g. with Dracophyllum secundum, Hymenophyllum cupressiforme, Platysace lanceolata; open-forest with Eucalyptus punctata, Angophora costata, Eucalyptus seiberi, E. piperita.

Substrate Low nutrient skeletal sandy soils on sandstone, cracks in vertical cliff faces.


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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