Bursaria spinosa subsp. lasiophylla (E.M.Benn.) L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford

Australian Systematic Botany 12: 129 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub c. 0.5–3 m high; branches variably spinescent, spines usually c. 1 cm long, young stems pubescent. Leaves alternate, those subtending spines often clustered, narrowly to broadly obovate, 4–30 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, entire, rarely shallowly toothed, thickish, glabrous or glabrescent on upper surface, densely white, grey or yellowish beneath. Inflorescence a slender to pyramidal panicle usually c. 3–10 cm long, up to c. 8 cm wide; flowers white or cream; sepals triangular to ovate, 0.5–2 mm long, caducous; petals narrowly obovate, c. 3–6 mm long; stamens subequal to petals; ovary glabrous or pubescent. Capsule obovate to broadly obovate, 4–7 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, brown, finally glabrous; seeds reniform, brown, flat, c. 3–4 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT. Somewhat disjunct distribution in western and eastern Victoria, largely confined to dry rocky sites in open forest and shrublands, rarely entering alpine areas (e.g. Snowy Bluff).

Previously treated as a distinct species with several weakly defined varieties.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Pittosporaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Bursaria lasiophylla E.M.Benn.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-03-26
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Bursaria spinosa subsp. lasiophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bursaria spinosa subsp. lasiophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory