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Wilsonia backhousei Hook.f.
Family Convolvulaceae
Wilsonia backhousei Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Perennial subshrub with procumbent branches to c. 15 cm high, ± glabrous.

Leaves linear-lanceolate to linear-obovate, 5–15, rarely to 20 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, apex acute, ± fleshy, ± glabrous; sessile.

Flowers solitary. Calyx tubular, 5–7 mm long with short triangular lobes a third to a quarter the length of tube. Corolla white; tube c. 10 mm long; lobes linear-ovate to linear-elliptic, 2–4 mm long, acute. Style and stamens much exserted. Ovary 1- or 2-locular; style divided in the upper part into 2 branches; stigmas ovoid.


Flowering: late spring to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal saltmarshes; chiefly in the Sydney district, also common at Jervis Bay.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Vulnerable
AVH map***

Text by R. W. Johnson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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