Orites lancifolius F.Muell.

Defin. Austral. Pl. 31 ; Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 108 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stiff, erect to spreading, bushy shrub to c. 2 m high (often much lower in exposed positions); young branches sparsely hairy to glabrous. Leaves alternate, crowded, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 1–4 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, thick and leathery, usually entire, rarely with a few apical teeth, light green, veined on both surfaces, glabrous; apex subacute; margins thickened; petiole 2–5 mm long. Spikes mostly terminal, often a few in upper leaf-axils, 2–5 cm long, exceeding leaves, axis rusty-hairy; flowers sessile, in pairs subtended by a hairy caducous bract to c. 7 mm long; tepals 4–5 mm long, creamy white, glabrous; ovary hairy. Follicle 12–20 mm long, boat-shaped, leathery, hairy, grey or brownish; seeds 2 per follicle, to c. 20 mm long including wing. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HSF, SnM, VAlp. Widespread and often locally common in alpine and subalpine heathland and woodland, usually above c. 1300 m.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-05-30
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Proteanae
order Proteales
family Proteaceae
genus Orites
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Orites lancifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Orites lancifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
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