Common name: Dwarf Phyllota
Phyllota humifusa Benth. APNI*
Description: Prostrate shrub, pubescent at least on young growth.
Leaves linear, mostly 3–10 mm long, 0.5 to 0.75 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute with a small straight or slightly recurved mucro, margins revolute.
Flowers few or solitary, in lax leafy spikes towards end of branches; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bracteoles leafy, linear, 3–4 mm long. Calyx c. 4–5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Corolla 7–8 mm long; standard orange-yellow to reddish brown; wings yellow; keel reddish brown. Ovary villous; style pubescent to below curve.
Pod not seen.
Flowering: late spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Not common, in dry sclerophyll forest on sandy shale soils; restricted to the southern Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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