Nees in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:242 (1845).
Synonymy: Plagianthus squamatus (Nees)Benth., J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 6:103 (1862); Selenothamnus squamatus (Nees)Melville, Kew Bull. 20:515 (1967); P. microphyllus F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:29 (1858); Halothamnus microphyllus (F. Muell.)F. Muell., Pl. Indig. Col. Vic. 1:159 (1862); P. incanus J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 49:274 (1925);. L. incana (J. Black)Melville, Kew Bull. 20:514 (1967).
Common name: Thorny (or fan-leaved) lawrencia.
Low rigid shrub often 50-100 cm high; branches often somewhat intricate and often the smaller rather bluntly spine-tipped, glabrous with stellate hairs or fimbriate peltate scales; leaves fleshy but sometimes channelled above, sessile but tapering to the base, obovate to oblong-lanceolate, obtuse or with a few apical teeth, 3-10 mm long.
Flowers dioecious, 1 to few in leaf axils or leaf fascicles, subsessile; calyx peltate- to stellate-scaly, broad-campanulate, with 5 deltoid teeth, 2-4 mm long; petals c. 1 mm longer than the calyx, spreading distally, elliptic, cream-yellow; carpels and style branches 2-5 often 3; fruit of usually 1 fertile 1-seeded carpel.
||Lawrencia squanmata twig and leaves.
Image source: fig 438d in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 492.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. all mainland States.
Flowering time: May — Nov.
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