Lawrencia glomerata Hook.

Clustered Lawrencia

Icon. Pl. 5: t. 417 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Soft-wooded, short-lived perennial subshrub to c. 50 cm high and wide, usually with several procumbent to erect branches from the base. Lower leaves petiolate, lamina obovate to cuneate, 1–4 cm long, 5–18 mm wide, margins crenate to serrate, surfaces subglabrous to densely stellate-tomentose; upper leaves sessile, smaller and relatively narrower than lower leaves, margins entire or commonly 3-toothed at apex. Flowers bisexual, sessile or subsessile, solitary or few in axils of floral leaves; calyx 3–6 mm long, 5-angled, shortly 5-lobed, strongly valvate in bud and fruit; petals largely or entirely free, obovate or spathulate, slightly exceeding sepals, white or yellow; anthers 15–25; styles 5. Fruit c. ovoid, 2–4 mm long, enclosed by calyx; mericarps indehiscent, pointed at apex, the inner walls finely reticulate-latticed. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

HSF, LoM, MuM, MSB, VVP, Wim. All mainland states. Locally common on loam and clay soils in the north-west, as far south as Natimuk district with isolated occurrences at Altona and Yan Yean near Whittlesea. Often occurring in saline or subsaline flats, depressions and around salt lakes, usually associated with mallee or samphire communities and sometimes colonizing disturbed or recently inundated ground.

Lander (1984) describes L. glomerata as polygamodioecious (with unisexual male and female and bisexual flowers on the one plant), but Victorian specimens examined at MEL appear to have only bisexual flowers.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Lawrencia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Lawrencia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lawrencia glomerata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lawrencia glomerata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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