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Family: Proteaceae
Adenanthos terminalis

Citation: R. Br., Trans. Linn. Soc. 10:152 (1810).

Synonymy: Adenanthos terminalis R. Br. ( plumosa Meissner in A. DC., Prod. 14, 1:313 (1856).

Common name: Gland flower.

Prostrate to erect shrub to 2 m high, without a lignotuber; branchlets erect, with a more or less persistent appressed tomentum; leaves densely clustered at the end of branchlets, 12-21 mm long including the 4.5-7.5 mm long petiole, initially trichotomous; final segments 3-7, usually 5, glabrous or glabrescent with a few hairs at the base; leaves lower down the branchlets scattered, shorter, with fewer segments, glabrous.

Inflorescences 1-flowered, terminal, single or in groups of c. 3; peduncles 1-1.5 mm long, ebracteate; involucral flower-subtending bracts 4-7, glabrous outside but for ciliate margins; flowers submerged in the leaves; perianth 1.4-2.1 cm long, cream-yellow, nearly white or cream and green; anthers 1.4-2.2 mm long; pistil 2.2-2.9 cm long; ovary villous; style in the middle villous, at the base pubescent, rarely glabrous, pollen-presenter 1.4-1.9 mm long.

image of FSA1_Adenanthos_ter.jpg Adenanthos terminalis twig, flower with bract, leaf from branch apex pistil with glands.
Image source: fig 66b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Beek & Foster (1972) Wild flowers of South Australia.

Distribution:  In sandy sometimes lateritic soils, in sclerophyllous shrubland, woodland and forest.

S.Aust.: EP, MU, SL, KI, SE.   western Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: all year.

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Biology: Length of leaf lobes and persistence and colour of tomentum is variable in this species throughout its range.

Author: Not yet available

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