Orch., Bull. Auckland Inst. Mus. 10288 (1975).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Perennial herb or subshrub 25-50 cm tall; stems arcuate-ascending, rooting in the lower part, smooth to weakly 4-angled, with soft pellucid 3-5-celled spreading hairs 0.1-0.2 (rarely 0.4) mm long; leaves opposite in lower parts, becoming alternate near the inflorescence, sessile, ovate to narrow-ovate, 35-55 mm long, 10-20 mm wide, (rarely as small as 15 x 5 mm) leathery, with 10-15 large but blunt teeth, midrib distinct, sparsely pilose.
Inflorescence composed of 1-7-flowered dichasia; bracts green, lanceolate, 6-15 mm long, 2-4 mm wide, entire or 2-6-toothed; bracteoles brown, membranous, linear, 1-2 mm long; flowers 4-merous, shortly pedicellate; sepals deltoid, 0.8-0.9 mm long; petals red to green, 1.8-2.3 mm long; stamens 8; anthers oblong, 1.5-1.8 mm long; styles 4, clavate, 0.4-0.5 mm long, stigmas red to yellow; ovary ovoid to globose, 0.6-0.7 mm long, 4-angled, pilose, 4-locular.
Fruit sessile or on a pedicel c. 0.5 mm long, ovoid, 2-2.5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm diam., bluntly 4-angled, weakly transversely rugose, pilose, 4-locular but 1 usually abortive.
Orchard (1975) Bull. Auckland Inst. Mus. 10287, 89.
S.Aust.: EP, MU, SL, KI, SE. Vic.
Flowering time: Nov. — Jan.
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Superficially similar to H. acutangula but differing in having broader more fleshy leaves, soft hairs, and an effectively 3-locular fruit.
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