Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)
Twiggy, procumbent to weakly erect subshrub, to 0.3 m high; branchlets finely stellate-pubescent. Leaves subsessile, often clustered on short lateral branches, obovate to obcordate, 2.5–8 mm long, 2–4.5 mm wide, remaining partly folded, emarginate to shortly 3-toothed, surfaces pubescent with fine stellate hairs and longer, appressed simple hairs; stipules brown, ciliate, to c. 2 mm long, united for up to half their length. Flowers in small clusters to c. 5 mm diam., terminating short lateral branches, often appearing axillary; bracts stipule-like; perianth cup-shaped, 1.2–2 mm long (enlarging to 3 mm in fruit), yellowish to white, externally with indumentum of fine stellate hairs, with a few longer simple hairs on tips of sepals; sepals subequal to hypanthium; free tubular part of hypanthium only c. 0.3 mm long; petals c. 0.4 mm long; style c. 0.4 mm long, entire. Fruit c. 2 mm long, shorter than fruiting perianth.
LoM, MuM, RobP. Extremely rare in Victoria, recorded only from Hattah (1951, 1952, near Annuello (1970, 1972), and northern Wyperfeld NP (2006) where growing on sandstone ridge supporting broombush (Melaleuca uncinata) mallee. Apparently short-lived and perhaps appearing only following disturbance (e.g. clearing, fire).
Subsp. chamelum Rye is endemic in south-west Western Australia.
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