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Persoonia prostrata R.Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 163 (1810)

Linkia prostrata (R.Br.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 579 (1891). T: near Sandy Cape, Qld, 31 July 1802, R.Brown s.n. ; lecto: BM; isolecto: NSW, fide P.H.Weston & L.A.S.Johnson, Telopea 4: 302 (1991).

Similar to P. stradbrokensis but differs as follows: Prostrate shrubs. Leaves elliptic to spathulate, 2.3–5 cm long, 12–24 mm wide. Inflorescence anauxotelic, 1–5-flowered; rachis to 6 mm long. Flowers subtended by scale leaves; tepals c. 10 mm long, apiculate, moderately to densely hairy. Ovary hairs greyish. 

Restricted to the northern tip of Fraser Is., Qld, where it must be rare or extinct. Presumably grows on stabilised coastal sand dunes, in heath or dry sclerophyll woodland or forest, below 50 m alt. Map 50.

Qld: Fraser Is., Lovell (BRI, NSW).

Persoonia prostrata is very similar to specimens of P. stradbrokensis collected from the mainland south of Fraser Is., but differs in its prostrate habit, usually smaller leaves and smaller flowers. These differences are based on only two collections for P. prostrata , neither of which is an adequate specimen. It may be that P. prostrata and P. stradbrokensis are conspecific, and that P. prostrata is just a prostrate, maritime form. However, the distributions of these species are separated by over 100 km.

(P.H.Weston)

 

Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia