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Tetratheca juncea Sm.
Family Elaeocarpaceae
Tetratheca juncea Sm. APNI*

Description: Prostrate shrub with stems to 1 m long; stems with 2 or 3 wings, glabrous with minute tubercles.

Leaves alternate, usually reduced to narrow-triangular scales, to 3 mm long, otherwise ± narrow-elliptic, to 20 mm long and c. 5 mm wide, glabrous, margins flat or recurved; sessile.

Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 5–10 mm long, glabrous. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long, pink. Petals 7–11 mm long, deep lilac-pink. Ovary glabrous; ovules 4.

Fruit obovate, 6–8 mm long, often beaked, ± stalked; seeds c. 4 mm long.


Flower
Photo T.M. Tame

Flowering: Flowers mostly July–Dec.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy, occasionally swampy heath and in dry sclerophyll forest; chiefly in coastal districts from Bulahdelah to Lake Macquarie, also recorded from Port Jackson to Botany Bay from which it is possibly extinct.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable ROTAP: 3VCa
AVH map***

Text by C. Gardner & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


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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