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Family: Malvaceae
Lawrencia glomerata

Citation: Hook., Hook. Ic. 5:t. 417 (1842).

Synonymy: Plagianthus glomeratus (Hook.)Benth., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 6:103 (1862). , Plagianthus spicatus

Common name: Clustered lawrencia, small golden-spike.

Stellate-pubescent green-leafed softly woody shrubs, usually branching at the base, with erect or ascending stems, 10-30 cm high; leaves oblanceolate or obovate or obovate-cuneate or flabelliform, flat, toothed chiefly towards the apex, the blade usually 10-20 mm long, on distinct petioles 2-25 mm long; stipules subulate to lanceolate, to 4 mm long.

Flowers bisexual, few in the axils of leaves often along most of the length of the stems, often in condensed spike-like inflorescences with reduced bract-like leaves towards stem and branch apices, sessile; calyx pubescent, divided more than half-way into obovate acute or subacuminate segments, 3-6 mm long; petals greenish or yellowish, entire, a little longer than the sepals, obovate; styles 5, united only at the base, terete; ovary 5-celled, glabrous.

Fruit glabrous, comprising 3-angled mericarps surmounted by a cone made up of their connivent points, reticulate on their backs and honeycombed on their adjacent sides.

image of FSA2_Lawrencia_glo.jpg Lawrencia glomerata twig and leaves.
Image source: fig 438b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 492.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   all mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Nov.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Barker in Jessop (1981) Flora of central Australia suggested that several taxa may currently be included under this name. P. spicatus var. pubescens Benth. (1863), Fl. Aust. 1:189, was considered by Eichler (1965) Suppl. to be intermediate between this species and L. spicata and Black included it in both species. Because of its tomentum it would key out here under L. glomerata although in habit it is closer to L. spicata.

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