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Bellendena montana R.Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 166 (1810)

T: in insula Diemen [Tas.], 1804, R.Brown s.n. ; syn: BM, K.

Illustrations: M.Cameron (ed.), Guide Fl. & Pl. Tasmania 35, pls 49, 50 (1981); J.W.Wrigley & M.Fagg, Banksias, Waratahs & Grevilleas 119, 122 (1989).

Erect to decumbent, multi-stemmed shrub 0.1–1.8 m tall. Young stems moderately to densely covered in minute papillae, glabrous. Leaves narrowly to broadly oblanceolate to spathulate to cuneate in outline with recurved margins, shortly petiolate, acute to mucronate or rarely emarginate, 1–6 cm long, 2–22 mm wide, glabrous except for pubescence on upper surface of petiole; primary lobes 0–5, to 12 mm long, each with 0–3 secondary lobes. Inflorescence 15–60-flowered; axis glabrous to moderately pubescent; peduncle 1.3–10 cm long; rachis 5–45 mm long. Flowers white to pale pink except for red ovary; pedicels spreading, 5–8 mm long, glabrous to moderately pubescent; tepals spreading, 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous. Stamens 2.5–3.5 mm long. Fruit pendulous, 10–17 mm long, red. Fig. 45.

Widespread in Tas. Mostly found from 1000 to 1500 m alt., but occasionally as low as 400 m in the north-west. Most commonly in alpine to subalpine heath, rarely in forest or alpine herbfield, often in poorly drained sites, mostly in soil derived from dolerite, but occasionally on quartzite or basalt. Flowers Dec.–Feb.; fruits Feb.–May. Map 118.

Tas.: Ben Lomond Natl Park, S.J.Forbes 1383 (HO, NSW); edge of Hounslow Heath, Cradle Mountain–L. St Clair Natl Park, P.S.Short 1771 (HO, NSW); Mawson Plateau, Mt Field Natl Park, P.S.Short 1820 (HO); Mt Wellington Plateau, J.H.Hemsley 6524 (HO, NSW); summit of Ironbound Ra., A.M.Buchanan 3413 (HO).

Specimens from north-eastern Tasmania (Ben Lomond, Ben Nevis and Mt Barrow) have predominantly entire, oblanceolate leaves that, on average, are narrower than those from other areas. The size of stem papillae varies geographically, being shortest in the north and longest in the south. Specimens from higher altitudes tend to have smaller, more crowded leaves than those from comparatively low altitudes.

(P.H.Weston)

 

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