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Family: Malvaceae
Lawrencia spicata

Citation: Hook., Hook. lc. 3:t. 261 (1840).

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

Common name: Salt lawrencia.

Stout glabrous subshrubs, the erect stem simple or scarcely branched, 30-100 cm or more high, often purplish towards the base; leaves flat and stiff, the lower initially forming a rosette, ovate or oblong, serrate, 2-7 cm long, on petioles up to 6 cm or more long; the upper leaves narrower, more shortly petiolate and merging into the bracts.

Flowers bisexual, sessile in a dense spike, usually solitary in the axil of and partly concealed by the uppermost bract-like leaves these leaves 3-fid by the reduced blade and somewhat smaller stipules; spike cylindrical, 15-60 cm long; calyx glabrous, divided about half-way into ovate segments, 5-angled, c. 6 mm long; petals greenish or yellowish, notched, slightly longer than the calyx, oblong or oblanceolate-oblong; styles 5, united only at the base, terete; ovary 5-celled, glabrous.

Fruit glabrous, convex at the Summit by the connivent points of the fruitlets which are trigonous, almost smooth and shorter than the calyx.

image of FSA2_Lawrencia_spi.jpg Lawrencia spicata twig and leaves.
Image source: fig 438c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — Dec. (few records available).

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