Xanthosia atkinsoniana F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect to ascending, perennial herb to 60 cm high; sparsely hairy, becoming glabrescent; flowering stems wiry, almost leafless.
Leaves mostly basal; lamina 2–4 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, ternately dissected with segments often divided again; segments ovate or cuneate, margins crenate, serrate or laciniate, 15–30 mm long, lower surface sparsely stellate-hairy; petiole 2–12 cm long.
Umbels compound, 16–36-flowered, with 3–5 rays and some individual flowers amongst them; peduncle to 40 cm long, stout, arising from base; rays to 8 mm long; bracteoles petaloid, white, ovate, 3–8 mm long. Sepal c. 1–1.6 mm long. Petals c. 1.5 mm long, white to pinkish. Stylopodium hirsute.
Fruit 1.8–2.7 mm long; mericarps 9-ribbed.
Flowering: Flowers Sept.–Apr.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, woodland, and sclerophyll forest, mostly on sandy soils, chiefly from east of Armidale to Bega.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: W.A.
Text by J.M. Hart & M. Henwood
Taxon concept: J.M. Hart & M. Henwood 2002
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