Platysace lanceolata (Labill.) C.Norman

Shrubby Platysace

J. Bot. 77: 210 (1939) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or weak shrub 30–80(–120) cm high; stems usually finely pubescent, sometimes glabrous. Leaf-lamina narrowly to broadly lanceolate to oblanceolate, or sometimes orbicular, 5–50 mm long, 3.5–15 mm wide, acute or obtuse, sometimes mucronate, base cuneate; petiole to 2 mm long. Umbels terminal, compound, 15–50 mm diam.; peduncle 5–30 mm long; bracts linear, 4–8 mm long; rays 3–15 or more, 2.5–10 mm long; bracteoles linear, 2–4 mm long; umbellules 3–6-flowered. Petals white or cream. Fruit tuberculate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, 1.5–2.1 mm wide, often furrowed at the rib, narrow to broad at mericarp junction. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW. A denizen of dryish woodland, forest or heathland on rocky or sandy soils disjunctly distributed across southern Victoria.

A variable species requiring revision across its entire range. In Victoria a number of forms are apparent: the typical form with lanceolate to elliptic or oblanceolate, and acute leaves is found in rocky areas of the Grampians, Mt Buffalo and inland East Gippsland; a form with orbicular, ciliate and obtuse leaves occurs on sand in coastal and near-coastal East Gippsland; and another form with leaves that are ovate and acute occurs in rocky areas of the Brisbane Ranges and Lerderderg Gorge. A number of names have been applied to these forms under Trachymene lanceolata but have not been accepted as the boundaries between them becomes indistinct outside of Victoria. To further confound the situation in Victoria P. lanceolata and P. ericoides are sometimes difficult to distinguish (see P. ericoides).

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Platysace
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Platysace lanceolata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Platysace lanceolata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory