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Scleranthus sp. Fitzs Hill (J.G.West 5342) Australian National Herbarium
Family Caryophyllaceae
Scleranthus sp. Fitzs Hill (J.G.West 5342) Australian National Herbarium APNI*

Description: Lax, straggling, procumbent perennial with non-woody base; stems to c. 30 cm long, usually sparsely minutely hairy or scabrous.

Leaves more or less clustered but clusters not as remote as in S. fasciculatus, 4–7 mm long, keeled (at least near apex), with apiculate apex, margins sparsely minutely hairy or papillose, otherwise glabrous.

Inflorescence a long-pedunculate pair of subsessile flowers, peduncle to 11 mm long in fruit, glabrous or occasionally sparsely minutely hairy; pedicels absent or very short, to 0.5 mm long; sepals 5 (rarely 4), triangular ovate, to 0,8 mm long. Stamen 1.

Fruit and surrounding persistent calyx urceolate.


Habitat
Photo J. R. Hosking

Habit
Photo J. R. Hosking

Fruit
Photo J. R. Hosking

Distribution and occurrence: Distribution not clarified yet but apparently from Tenterfield south along the tablelands to the upper Hunter Valley region, western Sydney, and Hartley region.
NSW subdivisions: CC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
AVH map***

This sprawling, long-pedunculate native species used to be included in S. biflorus sens. lat.; it has not yet been formally named.

Text by KL Wilson (Feb 2014; edited Aug 2015)
Taxon concept: National Herbarium of NSW specimens 2014


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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