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Orites lancifolia F.Muell., (now lancifolius ), Defin. Austral. Pl. 31 (June–July 1855); Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 108 (10 Sept. 1855)
Alpine Orites

T: Australian Alps [Vic.], Dec. 1854, F.Mueller ; lecto: MEL; isolecto: MEL, fide A.S.George, Fl. Australia 16: 497 (1995); Mt Hotham [Vic.], date unknown, F.Mueller ; syn: MEL; Mt Wellington, Gippsland [Vic.], Nov. 1854, F.Mueller ; syn: MEL; Munyang Mountains [Vic.], Jan. 1855, F.Mueller ; syn: MEL.

Illustrations: A.B.Costin et al. , Kosciusko Alpine Fl. [270], fig. 148 (1979); J.W.Wrigley & M.Fagg, Banksias, Waratahs & Grevilleas 481 (1989).

Spreading shrub to 2 m, sometimes prostrate, with lignotuber. New shoots appressed-pubescent, glabrescent. Leaves with petiole 2–6 mm long; lamina oblong-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 1–3 cm long, 5–12 mm wide, obtuse or sometimes acute, entire or sometimes with a few apical teeth, smooth above, openly reticulate below; margins thickened, slightly recurved. Conflorescence terminal or in upper axil; rachis 1.5–5 cm long, rusty-villous; bracts ovate, 3–6 mm long, scarious, with ciliate margins. Perianth 4–6 mm long, white to pale yellow, glabrous. Hypogynous glands linear-oblong, obtuse, 0.2 mm long. Gynoecium 4–6.5 mm long; ovary villous. Follicle obliquely oblong-obovate, 15–20 mm long, appressed-pubescent. Seed not seen. Fig. 161A–B.

An alpine and subalpine plant of the Australian Alps in N.S.W., A.C.T. and Vic. Grows in granitic rocky situations, in heath and tussock grassland. Flowers Dec.–Jan. Map 400.

N.S.W.: Charlotte Pass, J.I.Raine ANU10347 (NSW). A.C.T.: Bimberi Peak, Bimberi Ra., T.G.Hartley 14261 (NSW). Vic.: near Bridge of Sighs, Mt Buffalo, R.Melville 2593 (BRI, K, NSW, PERTH); Echo Flat, Lake Mtn, J.H.Ross 2461 (MEL, PERTH).

The name O. planifolia F.Muell., Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 7: 236 (Aug.–Sept. 1855) was suggested by Mueller in a letter but was never validly published.

Since publication of the Flora of Australia the Australian Plant Census treats the name as lancifolius .

(A.S.George, B.P.M.Hyland)


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