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Xanthorrhoea minor R.Br.
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Xanthorrhoea minor R.Br. APNI*

Description: Trunk absent; stem branched below ground; crowns many, each a ± erect tuft.

Leaves depressed-cuneate, often concave in T.S., 1.9–3.5 mm wide, 1–1.5 mm thick, green, not glaucous.

Scape 0.3–0.6 m long, 3–8 mm diam.; spike 0.2–0.5 times as long as scape, 5–12 cm long, 0.7–2 cm diam.; cluster bracts sometimes prominent for at least part of spike, shortly acute to triangular, upper third glabrous to sparsely fringed with hairs, basally subglabrous to densely hairy; packing bracts shortly acute to acute, subglabrous to hirsute. Outer tepals shortly acute, beaked, sometimes with proboscis, glabrous to moderately hirsute. Inner tepals broad, recurved, sometimes with proboscis, white to yellow, glabrous except papillose hairs at apex.

Often distinctively curved, with the apices pointing upwards.


Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tableland areas of NSW, Vic and southeastern SA.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by D. J. Bedford (1986, 1993); edited KL Wilson (March 2011)
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia vol 46 (1986); Flora of NSW vol 4 (1993)

 Key to the subspecies 
1Packing bracts more or less shortly acute, subglabrous to fringed with hairs, abaxial surface glabrous; inner tepals white to creamsubsp. minor
Packing bracts more or less acute, medium hairy on margins and abaxial surface; inner tepals yellowsubsp. lutea

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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