sensu Fl. Victoria 4:112 (1999) APNI
Decumbent to erect, often divaricate shrub to c. 30 cm (rarely 1 m) high; branchlets sometimes terminating in spines; indumentum of stems and flowers of stellate hairs overlain by simlpe hairs, or, rarely, indumentum of stems of stellate hairs only. Leaves shortly petiolate, terete, 2–5(–8) mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, grooved beneath, glabrous, scabrous or minutely hispid; stipules to 1.5 mm long. Flowers sessile, clustered toward branch-tips, sometimes in apparent heads, rarely solitary; bracts brown, broad-ovate, to c. 1 mm long, blunt, glabrous or sparsely ciliate; perianth broad-campanulate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, white, ageing pink to red, covered throughout with minute stellate hairs overlain by simple hairs; sepals c. equal to or slightly longer than hypanthium; petals c. 0.5 mm long; style 3-lobed at summit, shortly exceeding hypanthium, glabrous. Fruit 2.5–3 mm long, slightly exceeding the enlarged hypanthium. Flowers mostly Aug.–Oct.
Gold, MuM. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Largely confined in Victoria to mallee and mallee-heath associations from the Little Desert northwards (where locally moderately common).
A few specimens from the Little Desert appear almost intermediate between var. 1 and var. 2.
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