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Scleranthus brockiei P.A.Will.
Family Caryophyllaceae
Scleranthus brockiei P.A.Will. APNI*

Description: Dense, compact, cushion-like perennial with woody base; stems to 12 cm long, glabrous.

Leaves (2-)2.5–10(-13) mm long, (0.3-)0.4–0.9 mm wide, keeled, incurved, glabrous, with apiculate apex, margins very narrow, scarious, papillose, rarely minutely toothed to undulate.

Inflorescence a pedunculate pair of sessile (rarely subsessile) flowers; peduncle (2-)5–18(-23) mm long in fruit, glabrous; bracts glabrous; pedicels absent or or rarely to 0.2 mm long; sepals 5, triangular ovate, 0.4–0.8 mm long, 0.2–0.5 mm wide, overlapping at the base, with scarous margins, keeled midrib. Stamen 1, enclosed within the calyx, caducous.

Fruit not ribbed, veins obscure, 1.7–2.3 mm long, 0.6–0.8 mm diam.

Flowering: Nov–March.

Distribution and occurrence: High altitude areas of Southern Tablelands south from the Brindabella Range, also on Barrington Tops; also Vic, Tas; New Zealand.

Subalpine to alpine grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by KL Wilson (Feb 2014); edited KL Wilson (March 2014)
Taxon concept: KJ Cowley and JG West, Fl Victoria vol. 3 (1996)

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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