Common name: Cushion Caraway, Cushion Caraway
Oreomyrrhis pulvinifica F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial herb, 2–10 cm high, usually mat-forming, mostly glabrous; with much-branched creeping rootstock.
Leaves pinnate, ± ovate in outline, 0.5–2 cm long, 4–15 mm wide; leaflets 7–11, ± linear, 3–8 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, acute, glabrous except for finely ciliate margins; leaf sheath ciliate; petiole usually 1–2.5 cm long.
Umbels 5–12-flowered; peduncles usually 1–4 cm long, sparsely hirsute, usually slightly longer than leaves in fruit; bracts 5–8, ± obtuse, 2–3.5 mm long. Petals 0.8–1 mm long, white (yellow when dried), glabrous.
Fruit 2–12 per umbel; ± ovate, 2.5–4 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, glabrous; mericarps with 5 prominent filiform ribs.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in herbfield usually above the treeline, most commonly in bogs or on wet creek banks; south from the 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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