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Synaptantha tillaeacea (F.Muell.) Hook.f.
Family Rubiaceae
Common name: Native Madder

Synaptantha tillaeacea (F.Muell.) Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Prostrate, succulent herb; stems to 15 cm long, glabrous or hairy.

Leaves narrow-elliptic to narrow-oblanceolate, 3–17 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex obtuse or acute, lamina glabrous or hairy; petiole to 1 mm long; stipules hyaline with 3–5 lobes.

Flowers axillary, 1–5 on pedicels to 6 mm long in fruit. Calyx lobes narrow-triangular to 1.5 mm long. Corolla 1–2 mm long, whitish, lobes ± triangular, abruptly acuminate.

Capsule mostly 1–2 mm wide, ± laterally compressed, opening loculicidally by 2 valves; seeds c. 10, angular, dark brown.

Flowering: July–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of communities; widespread, chiefly in the northwest of the State, Baradine to Broken Hill.
NSW subdivisions: CT, NWS, CWS, NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Synaptantha tillaeacea var. hispidula,    Synaptantha tillaeacea var. tillaeacea

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***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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