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Lambertia multiflora Lindl., Sketch Veg. Swan R. xxxii (1839)
Many-flowered Honeysuckle

T: Swan River district [W.A.], J.L.Drummond s.n. ; lecto: CGE, fide R.J.Hnatiuk, Fl. Australia 16: 500 (1995).

Shrub to 2 m tall, frequently lignotuberous. Branches erect to spreading; young branches white-puberulous, with a ridge from base of leaf to subtending node. Leaves with lamina linear or oblong to narrowly obovate, 15–80 mm long, 3–7 (–10) mm wide, acute to obtuse, mucronate, sometimes hastate at base; margin slightly revolute; midrib prominent below and reticulate venation prominent above. Conflorescence 7-, 13- or 19-flowered; inner bracts moderately firm, spreading, less than half length of perianth. Flowers zygomorphic. Perianth 25–30 mm long, reddish orange or yellow, green at tip, dilated in middle, minutely pubescent outside, sometimes glutinous; adaxial suture deepest. Hypogynous glands 4, free. Ovary densely strigose; style sparsely pubescent in lower half. Fruit irregularly ovoid, 8–10 mm long, 9 mm wide; beak at one end of suture; 2 prominent, straight or curved horns at opposite end, with ridges along edges of sutures; sides mostly smooth or slightly mammillate. Seeds 2, asymmetrically cuneate, c. 8 mm long, c. 6 mm wide, with a very narrow annular wing. Fig. 184C–H.

Occurs from near Eneabba to Busselton, W.A. Grows in sandy, lateritic or loamy soils in kwongan or open Banksia/Eucalyptus woodland. Flowers mainly Aug.–Dec. 

There are 2 varieties.

(R.J.Hnatiuk)

Perianth reddish orange

var. multiflora

Perianth yellow

var. darlingensis

 

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