Sprengelia sprengelioides (R.Br.) Druce APNI*
Synonyms: Ponceletia sprengelioides R.Br. APNI*
Sprengelia ponceletia F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Erect shrub, 30–100 cm high with wiry stems, glabrous.
Leaves ovate, 4–12 mm long, 1.5–3.2 mm wide, mucro 0.3–0.4 mm long; margins minutely toothed.
Flowers solitary, white; bracts ovate, 7–8 mm long, acuminate with a short mucro, glabrous, with hyaline margins. Sepals broad-ovate, 6–10 mm long, subobtuse, glabrous, with broad hyaline margins towards base. Corolla tube usually 2–3 mm, rarely to 6 mm long; lobes erect to spreading, c. 6 mm long, ± obtuse. Anthers 3.5–4 mm long, converging, glabrous.
Fruit c. 2.5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy heath on sand, north from Bondi.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
Fruit/seed Capsule, 2.5 mm diam., mature November.
Dispersal, establishment and growth Diaspore: seed.
Altitude 0--100 m
Annual rainfall above 1100 mm
Typical local abundance Frequent.
Vegetation Swampy heath e.g. with Banksia robur, Xyris.
Substrate Sandy soil in swamps, poorly-drained, low nutrient.
Exposure Full sun.
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