Common name: Blue Mountains Pine
Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Hook.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Microstrobos fitzgeraldii (F.Muell.) J.Garden & L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Ascending or erect shrub with drooping branchlets to 1 m high or sometimes with straggling branches and to 2 m diam.
Leaves 2.5–3.5 mm long, narrow, slightly incurved, whitish on the upper surface; green and shining below, shortly decurrent.
Male cones ovate to globose, c. 6 mm long. Female cones c. 3 mm long with 4–8 scales.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on wet rocks within the spray of waterfalls or on ledges or in caves near waterfalls; restricted to southerly aspects on sandstone near waterfalls in the Katoomba to Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
Text by G. J. Harden & J. Thompson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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