Common name: Large Nectar-heath
Melichrus adpressus A.Cunn. ex DC. APNI*
Description: Sparsely branched erect shrub, 30–150 cm high.
Leaves imbricate, upwardly appressed over much of the branch but often spreading to reflexed towards base, 15–32 mm long, 2.5–5.6 mm wide; glabrous, deeply 12–14-ribbed on lower surface; base often reddish; margins papery-hyaline towards base; petiole 0–1.5 mm long.
Flowers ± hidden in leaves, yellow-green or cream; bracteoles 3.8–4.8 mm long. Sepals 5.1–5.8 mm long, ± silky, greenish. Corolla tube ± cylindrical, 3.8–4 mm long; lobes erect, 2.6–2.8 mm long, sparsely hairy.
Fruit ± globose, c. 4 mm long, green, smooth near apex, finely ribbed below.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal scrub and heath on sandy soils; north from Angourie Point.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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