Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet
Citation: Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:114 (1838).
Synonymy: B. crassifolia Lindley var. pentamera J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 59:259 (1935).
Common name: Desert baeckea, desert heath-myrtle.
Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 512.
Biology: No text
Taxonomic notes: While the flowers of this species are very constant in their overall morphology there is variation in the number of the stamens. On the basis of this variation 2 varieties have been described, one (var. icosandra) is disjunct and is found in W.Aust. only. The other var, pentamera was described from KI with its distinguishing character being its supposedly constant 5 stamens. Stamen number on specimens from KI varies from 5 to 10, and also varies in different flowers from a single specimen e.g. from 5 to 8. It is probable that detailed study would lead to the description of varieties of B. crassifolia based on the different leaf forms however, as the types of the type variety and var. pentamera have very similar leaves, it cannot be considered a good variety.
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State Herbarium of South Australia