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Adenanthos glabrescens E.C.Nelson, Brunonia 1: 345 (1978)

T: western edge of Lake King, W.A., 19 Oct. 1973, E.C.Nelson ANU 17090 ; holo: CANB 237039; iso: DBN.

Erect shrub to 70 cm. Leaves mostly clustered at tips of shoots, entire, rarely lobed, sessile, ovate or linear-lanceolate to obovate, to 25 mm long, to 6 mm wide, obtuse at apex, glabrescent, with single, prominent, dorsal apical gland; lobes, if present, 3, c. 4 mm long, with single gland on each apex. Involucral bracts divaricate or remaining imbricate when mature, innermost bracts with prominent gland at apex. Perianth c. 22 mm long, pinkish scarlet and cream, hirsute outside. Style c. 35 mm long, glabrous; ovary glabrous. 

Endemic in W.A., south of Lake King and in the Fitzgerald River Natl Park region. 

There are 2 subspecies. These subspecies are geographically isolated and differ in the occurrence or absence of a lignotuber. Both are about 250 km from the nearest populations of A. dobsonii , to which species they are closely related. The latter has silvery, hirsute leaves that are shorter than those of A. glabrescens .


Shrub with lignotuber; leaves linear-lanceolate to obovate, 10–25 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, smooth

subsp. glabrescens

Shrub without lignotuber; leaves ovate, 10–25 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, sometimes rough

subsp. exasperatus


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