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Family: Rhamnaceae
Spyridium parvifolium

Citation: Benth. ex F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust: 3:79 (1862).

Synonymy: Pomaderris parvifolia Hook., J. Bot.(Hooker) 1:257 (1834); Cryptandra parvifolia (Hook.)Hook. f., Fl. Tasm. 1:73 (1855); Trymalium parvifolium (Hook.)F. Muell. ex Reisseck, Linnaea 29:275 (1858); C. hookeri F. Muell., Syst. Census Aust. Pl. 1:61 (1882), nom. illegit.

Common name: Dusty miller, Australian dusty miller.

Slender shrub, 1-2 m high; leaves orbicular or ovate (to obovate and narrow-oblong in the eastern States), obtuse, 5-15 mm long, hairy on both surfaces, white-tomentose below, strongly penniveined and costate beneath, margins variably recurved.

Flowers in small compound heads in terminal leafy cymes, 1 head sessile in the fork between 2 stalked heads, each subtended by a whitish or grey orbicular floral leaf and surrounded by ovate silky brown bracts; floral tube white with dense silky hairs.

Capsule obovoid, brown, subglabrous; fruitlets coriaceous with a distinct ventral suture.

image of FSA2_Spyridium_par.jpg Spyridium parvifolium twig, leaf and floral leaf.
Image source: fig 429g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 222.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.

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