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Common name: Downy Zieria
Zieria cytisoides Sm. APNI*
Synonyms: Zieria cytisoides subsp. a sensu jacobs & pickard (1981) Sm. APNI*
Description: Bushy shrub to 3 m high; branches velvety with stellate hairs, not warted.
Leaves with central leaflet ovate to wide-elliptic or obovate, usually 15–40 mm long, 4–15 mm wide, apex acute to ± rounded, margins entire, ± flat; both surfaces velvety, upper surface dark green, lower surface grey-green; petiole 3–10 mm long.
Inflorescences generally shorter than leaves, 3–30-flowered; bracts persistent, 8–10 mm long. Calyx lobes triangular, c. 3 mm long, tomentose. Petals 3.5–5.5 mm long, valvate, deep to pale pink, occasionally white, pubescent.
Cocci usually velvety, lacking an appendage.
Flowering: winter to spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, in dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath, often on rocky hillsides in sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Cocci glabrescent in Mt Bungonbil (SWS) plants with noticeable pellucid oil glands and scattered stellate hairs.
Text by J. A. Armstrong & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept: J.A. Armstrong (2002)
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