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Persoonia hirsuta Pers.
Family Proteaceae
Common name: Hairy Geebung

Persoonia hirsuta Pers. APNI*

Description: Spreading to decumbent shrub, young branchlets moderately to densely hairy.

Leaves linear to narrow-oblong or elliptic or lanceolate or narrow-spathulate to spathulate, 0.5–1.4 cm long, 0.75–4 mm wide, convex and recurved, with recurved to revolute margins, moderately to densely hairy when young, glabrescent to moderately so when mature, scabrous.

Inflorescences growing on into leafy shoot; flowers subtended by scale leaves or leaves; pedicels 1–3 mm long, erect or spreading, moderately to densely hairy. Tepals c. 10 mm long, acute, moderately to densely hairy. Ovary hairy.

Flowering: Flowers chiefly November to January

Distribution and occurrence: From Putty to Hill Top and to coastal districts.

Grows in woodland to dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone, on ranges.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
AVH map***

Both subspecies occurring as isolated individuals or in very small populations. The subspecies intergrade extensively from the lower Blue Mountains to within 15 km of the coast.

Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept:

 Key to the subspecies 
1Leaves linear to narrow-oblong, 0.75–1.5 mm wide, with revolute marginssubsp. hirsuta
Leaves spathulate to elliptic or narrowly so, 1.5–5 mm wide, with recurved marginssubsp. evoluta

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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