Common name: Gippsland Waratah
Telopea oreades F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Few- to many-stemmed, much branched shrubs or trees to 12 m high; glabrous except bracts rusty-hairy at tips.
Adult leaves narrow-obovate to -spathulate, 11–28 cm long, 15–60 mm wide, apex acuminate, margins entire, surfaces papery, minutely granulate when dried; venation obscure on upper surface, conspicuous on lower surface but scarcely raised.
Conflorescences many, 36–60-flowered; upper flowers opening first; involucral bracts mostly 1.5–7.5 cm long, pink and/or green. Body of follicle 5–7 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: in temperate rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest on moist coastal ranges and tableland escarpments; south from Monga valley near Braidwood.
NSW subdivisions: SC, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
T. oreades occurs with with T. mongaensis in vicinity of Monga, where it flowers about a month earlier than latter. A few hybrids combining characters of both species have been observed in this area.
Text by M. D. Crisp & P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: M.D. Crisp & P.H. Weston (1995)
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