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Tetratheca ericifolia Sm.
Family Elaeocarpaceae
Tetratheca ericifolia Sm. APNI*

Description: Diffuse or compact shrub, usually 15–40 cm high; stems terete, ± 4-angled below nodes, covered with pale brown bristles.

Leaves in whorls of 4–6, occasionally a few alternate or opposite at base of branch, ± linear, 3–10 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, often recurved, tending to taper towards apex, upper surface with tubercles at least near margins often with hairs; petiole short but usually distinct.

Flowers solitary; peduncles 10-> 25 mm long. Sepals 1–2 mm long, glandular-hairy. Petals 5–12.5 mm long, deep lilac-pink. Ovary glabrous; ovules 4.

Fruit beaked, elliptic to ± cuneate or ± oblong, 6–8 mm long; seeds 3–4 mm long.


Flower
Photo A. J. Perkins

Flowering: throughout year but mostly July–December

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath or dry sclerophyll forest on sand; from Nabiac to Nimmitabel area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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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