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Family: Malvaceae
Lasiopetalum discolor

Citation: Hook., Compan. Bot. Mag. 1:276 (1835).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Coast velvet-bush.

Shrubs rarely 1 m high; leaves stiff, broadly oblong-lanceolate to ovate, subobtuse at the apex, cordate or truncate to obtuse at the base, with flat or recurved margins, midrib slightly impressed above and pale-ferruginous below, secondary veins distinct, 2-8 cm long, 15-50 mm broad, densely pale-tomentose below, densely tomentose above at first but becoming glabrous; petioles 5-20 mm long.

Inflorescence a dense pendulous head of c. 10 or more sessile flowers; epicalyx of 3 linear-oblong segments, 7-8 mm long, longer than the sepals, pink or white, with the persistent bracts forming an involucre-like structure round the head; calyx whitish, fused for about one-third of its length, densely hairy outside with stellate hairs only, glabrous inside, 5-7 mm long; petals usually reddish-brown, 1-1.5 mm long; styles glabrous.

Fruit obovoid, 3-4 mm diam.

image of FSA2_Lasiopetalum_dis.jpg Lasiopetalum discolor twigs, seeds, flowers and fruits.
Image source: fig 444c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NU, EP, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Dec.

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