Olax retusa Benth. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub to 60 cm high, single-stemmed or many-branched following regrowth after fire; branches almost smooth, glabrous.
Leaves oblong to narrow-cuneate, 4–12 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, yellowish green, apex truncate or emarginate and mucronate, sessile and base ± stem-clasping.
Flowers solitary, bisexual; peduncle 1.5–2 mm long. Calyx minute. Petals free, 3.5–4 mm long, creamy white. Stamens c. 1.5 mm long; staminodes 5, c. 2 mm long, 2-fid.
Drupe ± ellipsoid, c. 7 mm long, c. 4 mm wide.
Flowering: throughout year, but mainly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and scrub on sandy soil, sometimes near swamps; north from Coffs Harbour.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by C. L. Gardner
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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