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Family: Rosaceae
Aphanes australiana

Citation: Rothm., Kew Bull. 1938:270 (1938). Australian piert.

Synonymy: Alchemilla australiana Rothm., Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 38:42 (1935); Alchemilla amensis sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 397 (1948), at least in part; Aphanes pentamera Rothm., Kew Bull. 1938:270 (1938). , Alchemilla arvensis

Common name: None

Greenish often sparsely villous, stems usually erect to 6 cm; leaves suborbicular, 3-partite, the segments divided into 3-5 lobes, tapering into the broad stipules which are divided to the middle in 5-7 oblong-lanceolate lobes, to c. 12 mm long; inner sepals 0.5-0.75 mm long, about one-third to half the length of the flower, lanceolate, distinctly spreading.

Flowers 1.25-2.25 mm long.

Fruiting receptacle campanulate, only slightly constricted at the neck, shorthairy mainly on the lower part, bristly on the sepals, brown or reddish, c. 2 mm long.

image of FSA1_Aphanes_aus.jpg Aphanes australiana
Image source: fig 241 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. 345.

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: *A. microcarpa (Boiss. & Reuter) Rothm. has been reported from S.Aust. (?SL, ?SE). It differs from A. arvensis in its oblong stipule lobes and smaller fruits. Until the taxonomy of this genus is better understood it seems best to treat all S. Aust. material as belonging to a single species.

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