Bursaria calcicola L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford APNI*
Synonyms: Bursaria longisepala var. pilosa E.M.Benn. APNI*
Description: Erect or sprawling spinescent shrub, rarely more than 3 m high; new shoots and most plant parts densely covered with persistent, appressed multicellular hairs.
Seedling leaves narrowly elliptic to obovate, c. 12 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; margin prominently toothed on distal half of lamina. Adult leaves clustered around short spinescent shoots, sessile, obovate, 8–12 mm long, c. 4 mm wide; margin thick, entire, slightly recurved; surface densely hairyapex rounded with prominent, reflexed mucro.
Inflorescences usually terminal, occasionally on short shoots, simple botrya. Flowers with sepals distinctive, persistent, free, triangular, less than half length of petals, hairy. Petals cream-coloured, tinged with pink (in bud), free, spreading, glabrous, 6–7 mm long. Style shorter than ovary.
Fruits 8–10 mm long, 7–9 mm wide, laterally flattened, becoming rather woody; valves 2 or 3, often more; seeds 4 mm long.
Flowering: Flowering late spring; fruiting mid–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Currently known only from the Wombeyan Caves area of the Southern Tablelands.
Grows in open Eucalyptus woodland with Brachychiton populneus on limestone derived soils.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: L.W Cayzer, M.D. Crisp & I.R.H. Telford (1999)
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