Xanthorrhoea minor R.Br. APNI*
Description: Trunk absent; stem branched below ground; crowns many, each a ± erect tuft.
Leaves depressed-cuneate, often concave in T.S., 1.9–3.5 mm wide, 1–1.5 mm thick, green, not glaucous.
Scape 0.3–0.6 m long, 3–8 mm diam.; spike 0.2–0.5 times as long as scape, 5–12 cm long, 0.7–2 cm diam.; cluster bracts sometimes prominent for at least part of spike, shortly acute to triangular, upper third glabrous to sparsely fringed with hairs, basally subglabrous to densely hairy; packing bracts shortly acute to acute, subglabrous to hirsute. Outer tepals shortly acute, beaked, sometimes with proboscis, glabrous to moderately hirsute. Inner tepals broad, recurved, sometimes with proboscis, white to yellow, glabrous except papillose hairs at apex.
Often distinctively curved, with the apices pointing upwards.
Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tableland areas of NSW, Vic and southeastern SA.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Subsp. lutea is included in the key below. It has not been recorded in NSW but is recorded from Victoria close to the NSW border. K.L.Gibbons 2 Sept. 2021
Text by D. J. Bedford (1986, 1993); edited KL Wilson (March 2011)
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia vol 46 (1986); Flora of NSW vol 4 (1993)
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Packing bracts more or less shortly acute, subglabrous to fringed with hairs, abaxial surface glabrous; inner tepals white to cream||subsp. minor|
|Packing bracts more or less acute, medium hairy on margins and abaxial surface; inner tepals yellow||subsp. lutea|
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