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Family: Rhamnaceae
Spyridium vexilliferum

Citation: Reisseck, Linnaea 29:285 (1858).

Synonymy: Cryptandra vexillifera Hook., J. Bot.(Hooker) 1:257 (1834); S. eriocephalum Fenzl var. vexilliferum (Hook.)F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 9:136 (1875). , Spyridium vexilliferum

Common name: Winged spyridium.

Small shrub to 50 cm high; young shoots with a golden or rusty mostly stellate tomentum; leaves distant, spreading, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, oblong-cuneate and ovate-oblong or obovate-oblong, 8-15 mm long, 1-7 mm wide, shining, glabrous or slightly scabrous above with a deeply impressed midrib, white or rusty-tomentose below, margins recurved or revolute, apex rather obtuse, usually mucronate; stipules 1-2 mm long, narrow.

flowers in compact depressed heads 4-6 mm diam., shortly stalked; floral leaves 1-4 per head, white-tomentose, ovate or oblong, much longer than the heads and much broader than the stem leaves; floral tube tomentose with simple hairs.

Capsule ovoid, blackish-brown, crustaceous, c. 2.5 mm long, becoming glabrous fruitlets membranous, with no distinct suture.

Published illustration: Suessenguth (1953) Die natürlichen Planzenfamilien. edn 2, 20d:fig. 31c; Curtis (1975) Student's flora of Tasmania 1:p. 119; Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 222.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, NL, SL, KI, SE.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

SA Distribution Map based
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specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Leaves linear to narrowly oblanceolate or oblong-cuneate, 1-4 mm wide, rather obtuse
var. vexilliferum 14a.
1. Leaves ovate-oblong or obovate-oblong,4-7 mm wide, very obtuse
var. latifolium 14b.

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