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Orites revoluta R.Br., (now revolutus ), Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 190 (1810)

T: on mountain tops, locality not cited [possibly Mt Wellington, Tas.], 1804, R.Brown s.n. ; n.v.

Illustrations: M.Stones in W.M.Curtis & M.Stones, Endemic Fl. Tasmania IV: t. LXXXIX, no. 149 (1973); M.Cameron (ed.), Guide Fl. & Pl. Tasmania 23, pl. 9 (1981); J.W.Wrigley & M.Fagg, Banksias, Waratahs & Grevilleas 471 (1989).

Erect or spreading shrub to 2 m tall, with lignotuber. New shoots silky-pubescent. Stems pubescent. Leaves with petiole 1.5–4 mm long; lamina linear to narrowly elliptic-obovate, 7–25 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, obtuse, with entire, revolute margins, thick, glabrous above, tomentose below. Conflorescence terminal; rachis to 3.5 cm long, rusty-pubescent; bracts narrowly ovate, obtuse, pubescent, ciliate. Perianth 4–5 mm long, cream to white, glabrous. Hypogynous glands oblong, thick, 0.2–0.3 mm long. Gynoecium 3.5–4.5 mm long; ovary rusty-villous. Follicle obliquely elliptic, acuminate, 12–18 mm long, 7–8 mm wide, pubescent. Seed wing terminal. Fig. 161E–F.

Endemic in Tas. Grows in rocky, doleritic soil in heath, sometimes with scattered mallee eucalypts, and in low woodland and forest, occasionally in boggy areas. Common from 700 to 1300 m alt. Flowers Dec.–Jan. Map 402.

Tas.: Mt Wellington, E.A.Brown 90/63 (NSW); Mt Field Natl Park, C.T.White 8264 (BRI); Clumner Bluff, P.Collier 428 (HO); 2 km E of Mt Mueller, P.Collier 4965 (HO); Denison Craig Tarn, Ben Lomond Natl Park, M.G.Noble 28086 (HO).

Some specimens, probably from sheltered sites, have longer, more widely spaced leaves. Flowers have a strong, sour scent.

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

(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