Allocasuarina diminuta L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Dioecious or monoecious shrub or small tree 1–5 m high.
Branchlets to 23 cm long; articles often with a waxy bloom, 5–12 mm long, 0.5–1.1 mm diam.; teeth broad- to narrow-triangular, more or less straight-sided, erect to spreading.
Male spikes 0.5–5 cm long, with 5–10 whorls of flowers per cm of spike length.
Cone body 5–20 mm long, 5–12 mm diam.; bracteoles truncate to broad-acute. Samara 3.5–5.0 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: In heath or low open woodland on sandstone ridges and hillsides.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Three closely related subspecies are recognised.
Text by K. L. Wilson & L. A. S. Johnson (1990); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014)
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Ridges rounded-convex (occasionally only slightly so); teeth 6 or 7, narrow-triangular usually with straight margins; articles often with waxy bloom. Shrub 2–5 m high. Teeth 6 or 7, 0.3–0.5 mm long. Anther 0.5–0.7 mm long. Cone bracteoles obtuse to truncate||subsp. diminuta|
|Ridges angular to rounded-convex; teeth 6–10||2|
|2||Teeth broad-triangular with convex margins; articles often with waxy bloom. Shrub 1–2.5 m high. Teeth 6–10, 0.3–0.6 mm long. Anther 0.5–0.7 mm long. Cone bracteoles obtuse to broad-acute||subsp. mimica|
|Teeth broad- or narrow-triangular with straight or somewhat convex margins; articles not waxy. Shrub 1–2.5 m high. Teeth 6–8, 0.4–0.8 mm long. Anther 0.6–0.8 mm long. Cone bracteoles obtuse to truncate|
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