Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:156 (1838).
Synonymy: Phebalium pungens (Lindley)Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:338 (1863).
Common name: Prickly wax-flower.
Small shrub to 60 cm high; branchlets grooved between the nodes, setose; leaves lacking stipules; petioles less than 1 mm long; lamina narrowly-ovate, 4-15 x up to 2 mm, acute, pungent, glabrous or scabridulous, midrib prominent on the lower surface, margin thickened.
Flowers axillary, solitary; sepals ovate, c. 0.8 mm long, ciliate; petals ovate, 4-5 mm long, white, pink on the outer surface; stamens with filaments flattened, ciliate; carpels c. 1 mm high, apex rounded; stigma small.
Cocci strongly spreading, 4-6 mm long, apiculate; seeds 2.5-4 mm long, longitudinally ridged, black.
Galbraith (1977) Wild flowers of south-east Australia, pl. 18.
Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.
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