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Family: Rhamnaceae
Cryptandra tomentosa

Citation: Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:177 (1838).

Synonymy: Cryptandra tomentosa

Common name: Prickly cryptandra.

Small straggling shrub, 25-30 cm high, with slender tomentose branches; branchlets rarely spiny; leaves usually terete with closely revolute margins, 2-6 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, sometimes 1-2 mm wide when the undersurface is somewhat exposed.

Flowers scented, sessile in loose few-flowered heads or short spikes at the ends of the branchlets; flower campanulate, c. 3mm long, sepals as long as the floral tube, densely tomentose with minute hairs, floral tube more or less glabrous, base turbinate and adnate to the ovary, subtended by broad obtuse brown bracts scarcely extending beyond the adnate base.

capsule obovoid, 2.5-3 mm long, with an almost flat top, and free for about one-third of its length.

image of FSA2_Cryptandra_tom.jpg Cryptandra tomentosa
Image source: 427g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 222.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Oct.

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