Pomaderris velutina J.H.Willis

Velvet Pomaderris

Victorian Naturalist 58: 177 (1942) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub, 1–2 m high; branchlets stellate-pubescent, with longer rusty simple hairs. Leaves ovate to obovate, (8–)10–20(–45) mm long, (5–)10–15(–20) mm wide, obtuse, upper surface densely velutinous with minute stellate hairs, grey-green, lower surface greyish, densely stellate-pubescent, with scattered, rusty, thread-like hairs on veins; stipules 3–10 mm long, semi-persistent. Inflorescences pyramidal, mostly 2–8 cm long; bracts deciduous. Flowers yellow, externally pilose to villous with greyish to rusty simple hairs overlaying stellate hairs; pedicels 1–5 mm long; hypanthium 1–1.5 mm long; sepals 1.5–2.5 mm long, deciduous; petals spathulate, 1.3–1.7 mm long; disc absent; ovary virtually inferior, summit pubescent with simple and stellate hairs, style branched in middle third. Operculum membranous, c. half mericarp length. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Scattered through the east and north-east of Victoria, growing mainly in dry forest or woodland on rocky, often steep sites (e.g. gorges of the Mitchell and Moroka Rivers, Howqua and Tambo Rivers, Bright and Omeo district). An outlying population within the upper Yarra water catchment, east of Warburton, is known but not yet mapped.

Closely related to P. subcapitata but distinguished by the finer indumentum on the leaf upper surfaces, the petalous flowers and the looser, pyramidal inflorescences. Superficially similar to P. aurea but differing in the much finer, denser, stellate adaxial indumentum and the finer, longer simple hairs on the abaxial surface which are confined to the nerves, not extending into the internerve spaces as in P. aurea.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-05
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-08-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Pomaderris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Pomaderris velutina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pomaderris velutina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands 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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory