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Family: Solanaceae
Grammosolen dixonii

Citation: Haegi, Telopea 2:178 (1981).

Synonymy: Newcastelia dixonii F. Muell. & Tate, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 10:81 (1888); Anthotroche blackii sensu H. Eichler, Suppl. 273 (1965), partly, non F. Muell.

Common name: None

Erect, spreading or sprawling greyish shrub 0.3-2 m tall and 0.8-3 m (rarely to 5 m) diam., very densely woolly-tomentose with much-branched hairs; leaves loosely appressed or distally inclined, overlapping and partly obscuring the axis, subsessile or with a petiole to 1.5 mm (rarely to 3 mm) long, broadly ovate-triangular to subcordate, 6-20 x 4-17 mm, usually with a flat, sometimes undulate, margin.

Flowers in cymose clusters, usually aggregated into leafy spikes; pedicel 0.2-0.8 mm long, glabrous; calyx 3.3-5 mm long, the lobes 1-2.5 mm (rarely to 3 mm) long; corolla 7.5-12.5 mm long, dull-white with purple striations in the throat, pubescent outside generally and inside at the filament bases with branched hairs; corolla lobes ovate to elliptic, 3-7.5 x 2-4 mm.

Capsule globose, 3.5-5 mm diam.; seeds brown, 2.-5-3.5 mm long.

image of FSA3_Grammosolen_dix.jpg Flowering branch and flower with calyx and corolla removed. Grammosolen dixonii
Image source: fig. 564A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Purdie et al. (1981) Flora of Australia 29:fig. 9.

Distribution:  Calcareous pale-red sandy soils in mallee, frequently with Triodia; especially on disturbed or burnt elevated sites. Mechanical damage or burning may stimulate production of suckers from the stem base.

S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: most of the year though principally Aug. — Jan.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Putative hybrids with Cyphanthera myosotidea (F. Muell.)Haegi have been found near Waikerie and plants thought to be hybrids with Duboisia hopwoodii (F. Muell.)F. Muell. near Berri and Renmark.

Author: Not yet available

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