Conospermum patens Schltdl.

Slender Smoke-bush

Linnaea 20: 587 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 1 m high; branches white-pubescent. Leaves crowded, widely spreading, linear to linear-oblanceolate, 7–30 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide, rarely wider, distally upturned, dull green, glabrescent; apex acute, aristate. Inflorescence a terminal or upper-axillary corymbose panicle, mostly 1–4 cm across; common peduncles ascending, 4–20 cm long, longer than branches of inflorescence; flowers in short, dense, pedunculate spikes, each flower sessile, subtended by a blue-grey, persistent bract c 3 mm long; perianth tubular at base, splitting c. two-thirds of the way up; tepals 5–7 mm long, white, blue-grey or purplish, densely hairy; ovary comose at apex, also ringed by basal hairs. Nut 2–3 mm long, hairy. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, VVP, Wim. Also SA. In Victoria confined to the west, mainly in the Grampians, Little and Big Deserts and Casterton area where occasional in dry heathlands and heathy woodlands. .

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Proteaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Conospermum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Conospermum patens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Conospermum patens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales