Common name: Branched Caraway, Rock Carraway
Oreomyrrhis brevipes Mathias & Constance APNI*
Description: Rounded perennial herb, 10–40 cm high, with a stout taproot, tomentose.
Leaves pinnate, ± ovate, 2–7.5 cm long, 15–40 mm wide, 9–13 leaflets; leaflets ± oblong, 3–25 mm long, acute, woolly; leaf sheaths woolly; petiole 2–8 cm long, tomentose.
Umbels 10–15-flowered; peduncle 1–5 cm long, woolly, about as long as the leaves; bracts 7–8, ± oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long, entire or sometimes 3–4-lobed, tomentose. Petals c. 1.2 mm long, white or pink with darker midvein, hirsute on outside.
Fruit 5–10 per umbel, oblong, 5–6 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, glabrous or sparsely villous; mericarps with very prominent acute ribs.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in rocky sites on the base of granitic tors and boulders in alpine herbfield, south from Kosciusko N.P.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell & A. K. Brooks
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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