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Sprengelia sprengelioides (R.Br.) Druce
Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae
Sprengelia sprengelioides (R.Br.) Druce APNI*

Description: Erect shrub, 30–100 cm high with wiry stems, glabrous.

Leaves ovate, 4–12 mm long, 1.5–3.2 mm wide, mucro 0.3–0.4 mm long; margins minutely toothed.

Flowers solitary, white; bracts ovate, 7–8 mm long, acuminate with a short mucro, glabrous, with hyaline margins. Sepals broad-ovate, 6–10 mm long, subobtuse, glabrous, with broad hyaline margins towards base. Corolla tube usually 2–3 mm, rarely to 6 mm long; lobes erect to spreading, c. 6 mm long, ± obtuse. Anthers 3.5–4 mm long, converging, glabrous.

Fruit c. 2.5 mm diam.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: June–September

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy heath on sand, north from Bondi.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
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, August--September.

Fruit/seed Capsule, 2.5 mm diam., mature November.

Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.


Habitat
Habitat Swamp

Altitude 0--100 m                                      Annual rainfall above 1100 mm

Typical local abundance Frequent.

Vegetation Swampy heath e.g. with Banksia robur, Xyris.

Substrate Sandy soil in swamps, poorly-drained, low nutrient.

Exposure Full sun.


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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