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Adenanthos meisneri Lehm. ex Meisn., in J.G.C.Lehmann, Pl. Preiss. 1: 512 (1845)

T: towards foot of Darling Range, Nelson Distr., W.A., 9 Dec. 1839, L.Preiss 791 ; holo: NY; iso: B, C, FI, G, G-DC, HBG, KIEL, MEL, P.

Illustrations: E.C.Nelson, Brunonia 1: 307, fig. 2o, 312, fig. 6e (1978).

Diffuse, erect or semiprostrate shrub to 1 m tall, with lignotuber. Leaves petiolate, 3-segmented, to 15 mm long; laciniae usually 9, terete or slightly flattened, with long and short, eglandular hairs and, occasionally, also short, glandular hairs, glabrescent, occasionally retaining hairs on petiole. Involucral bracts less than 5 mm long. Perianth to 30 mm long, red-purple to pale violet, with both glandular and eglandular hairs outside. Style to 40 mm long, glabrous; ovary glabrous. Fig. 158A.

Ranges from the Swan River south to Point D'Entrecasteaux on the coastal plain, W.A. Grows in sandy soil in woodland and sand heath. Flowers Sept.–Dec. Map 389.

W.A.: Mundaring, 15 Feb. 1922, C.A.Gardner (PERTH); near Yallingup, E.C.Nelson ANU 17036 (CANB, DBN); c. 40 km S of Nannup, E.C.Nelson ANU 16867 (CANB); Point D'Entrecasteaux, 1870, F.Mueller (K, PERTH).

A distinctive plant with purple or pale violet flowers and with glandular hairs on the perianth. The only other species with the latter character are A. velutinus and A venosus which has entire leaves.

(E.C.Nelson)

 

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