Common name: Alpine appleberry
Rhytidosporum inconspicuum L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford APNI*
Synonyms: Rhytidosporum sp. 1 sensu Walsh & Albrecht (1996) APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous shrubs, less than 10 cm high, procumbent yp to 50 cm long; shoots sparsely hairy, glabrescent.
Seedling leaves densely whorled, obovate; surface and margin almost glabrous; apex almost 3-toothed; petiole less than 1 mm long. Adult leaves obovate to angular-obovate, rarely almost rhombic, up to 8 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, glabrous; margin thick, usually entire, sometimes toothed; apex acute with hooked mucro curving upward; petiole less than 1 mm long.
Inflorescence solitary or paired. Sepals narrowly triangular, 2 mm long, pale light green with reddish tinge; margin slightly hairy. Petals 4–5 mm long, white, with apex mauve in bud, glabrous. Stamens with filaments thick, wider at mid-point, abruptly tapered to apex; anthers oblong, yellow-brown. Ovary obovoid or ellipsoid, green, glabrous; style 0.3 X length of ovary; stigma capitate.
Fruit 3–4 mm long, 3.5–4 mm diameter, 2 (3-) locular, green, becoming fawn-coloured; seeds angular, slightly reniform, c. 2 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers early to mid–summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in only one locality (Southern Tablelands) in NSW; Vic. and Tas.
Common in alpine heath and Eucalyptus pauciflora woodland.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: L.W. Cayzer, M.D. Crisp & I.R.N. Telford (1999)
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