Xanthorrhoea minor subsp. minor R.Br. APNI*
Description: Trunk absent.
Leaves depressed-cuneate, often concave in T.S.
Cluster bracts usually prominent for at least part of the spike; packing bracts more or less shortly acute, margins usually fringed with hairs, abaxial surface usually glabrous. Inner tepals broad, with proboscis, white to cream-coloured.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly in the area bounded by Gosford, Springwood and Campbelltown.
Grows in heath and swamps, usually on poorly drained sites which are seasonally waterlogged, very often in clay soils.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
This taxon is variable. Depauperate plants of other species (e.g. X. media and ) sometimes produce inflorescences with the dimensions of X. minor, and are thus mistaken for it. They are distinguished, however, by their leaf, bract and flower characters. The fruit of X. minor are also often distinctively curved with the apices pointing upwards.
Text by DJ Bedford (1993); edited KL Wilson (March 2011)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol 4
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