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Conospermum mitchellii Meisn., in A.L.P.P. de Candolle, Prodr. 14: 320 (1856)

T: interior of eastern New Holland [Vic.], 22 July 1836, T.L.Mitchell's Expedition 263 ; iso: MEL.

Conospermum mitchellii var. dallachii Meisn. in A.L.P.P. de Candolle, Prodr. 14: 321 (1856). T: Grampian Mountains [Vic.], F.Mueller ; holo: MEL.

Illustration: W.R.Elliot & D.L.Jones, Encycl. Austral. Pl. 3: 69 (1984).

Multistemmed shrub 1–2 m tall. Leaves linear, (2–) 5–20 cm long, 0.8–3.5 mm wide, ascending or ±recurved; margins thickened; apex acute to acuminate; midvein with scattered hairs. Inflorescence a corymbose panicle, ±exceeding leaves; peduncle 4.5–18.5 cm long, sericeous; bracteoles ovate to lanceolate, 2.5–4.5 mm long, 1–2.8 mm wide, sericeous, blue, ciliate, with an acute apex. Perianth white, blue or lilac, sericeous; tube 2–4 mm long; upper lip ovate, 2.5–4 mm long, 1.8–3 mm wide, acute, recurved; lower lip united for 1.5–2.5 mm; lobes narrowly oblong to oblong, 1.5–2.3 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, ciliate, acute. Nut c. 2 mm long, c. 2.1 mm wide; base reddish brown, hirsute; circumference hairs 1.3–1.8 mm long, orange to reddish brown; central tuft 1.5–1.8 mm long, fawn and red-brown. 

Occurs in the Portland area and the Grampians, Vic. Flowers July–Dec. Map 275.

Vic.: Grampians, Major Mitchell Plateau, 8 Dec. 1962, J.H.Willis (MEL); Grampians, Plantation Rd, c. 6 miles [c. 10 km] from Halls Gap, T.B.Muir 1207 (MEL); N of Moleside Ck, 2–3 miles [c. 3–5 km] E of Glenelg R., H.I.Aston 764 (NSW).

In the Flora of Australia Conospermum elongatum is an accepted name, but the Australian Plant Census places it into synonymy under Conospermum mitchellii .

(E.M.Bennett)

 

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