Tetratheca juncea Sm. APNI*
Description: Prostrate shrub with stems to 1 m long; stems with 2 or 3 wings, glabrous with minute tubercles.
Leaves alternate, usually reduced to narrow-triangular scales, to 3 mm long, otherwise ± narrow-elliptic, to 20 mm long and c. 5 mm wide, glabrous, margins flat or recurved; sessile.
Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 5–10 mm long, glabrous. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long, pink. Petals 7–11 mm long, deep lilac-pink. Ovary glabrous; ovules 4.
Fruit obovate, 6–8 mm long, often beaked, ± stalked; seeds c. 4 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers mostly July–December
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy, occasionally swampy heath and in dry sclerophyll forest; chiefly in coastal districts from Bulahdelah to Lake Macquarie, also recorded from Port Jackson to Botany Bay from which it is possibly extinct.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Text by C. Gardner & L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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