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Adenanthos cuneatus Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 28, t. 36 (1805)
Sweat-bush, Flame-bush, Bridle-bush

Adenanthos flabellifolius Knight, Cult. Prot. 96 (1809), nom. illeg.  T: Esperance Bay [W.A.], Dec. 1792, J.J.H. de Labillardière ; holo: FI; iso: B, BM, FI, G-DC, P, TCD.

Adenanthos crenatus Willd. in C.P.J.Sprengel, Syst. 1: 472 (1825). T: Esperance Bay [W.A.], Dec. 1792, J.J.H. de Labillardière ; holo: B; iso: BM, FI, G-DC, P, TCD.

Illustrations: E.C.Nelson, Brunonia 1: 307, fig. 2a (1978); A.S.George, Intr. Proteaceae W. Australia 4, pl. 4 (1984).

Prostrate to erect shrub to 2 m tall and wide, with lignotuber. Leaves cuneate, on a short petiole, to 20 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, with (3–) 5 (–7), apical, rounded to triangular lobes, sometimes entire, with dense, silvery indumentum of short, appressed hairs, with numerous scattered glands (sometimes obscured by tomentum). Perianth to 30 mm long, crimson, paler or greenish towards base, sparsely and shortly hairy outside. Style to 40 mm long, with long hairs above and shorter hairs near base; ovary glabrous. Fig. 156G.

Widespread and abundant along the south coast of W.A. from Twilight Cove west to Walpole; extending inland to the Stirling Range. A characteristic species of the southern kwongan. Grows in deep siliceous sand. Flowers Aug.–Nov., but flowers can be found most of the year. Map 373.

W.A.: Walpole, Jan. 1938, A.M.Baird (CANB); 5 km E of Denmark, E.C.Nelson ANU 17415 (CANB); Mt Mistake, Stirling Ra., E.C.Nelson ANU 17108 (CANB, DBN); c. 13 km N of Israelite Bay, E.C.Nelson ANU 16526 (CANB, DBN); 24 km S of Cocklebiddy, 16 Oct. 1966, A.S.George (PERTH).

A variable plant, especially in habit. Some individuals are almost prostrate but there are no distinctive and separate populations. Related to A. stictus which grows north of Perth, and to A. ellipticus in Fitzgerald River Natl Park. Adenanthos cuneatus apparently hybridises readily with others, and putative hybrids between it and A. dobsonii, A. apiculatus and A. sericeus (A. × cunninghamii ) have been reported (E.C.Nelson, Brunonia 1: 391–392 (1978)).



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