Spyridium nitidum N.A.Wakef.

Shining Spyridium

Victorian Naturalist 73: 166 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect, spindly shrub to c. 2 m high; branchlets silky-pubescent. Stem leaves shortly petiolate, narrowly elliptic to narrowly obovate, 4–10 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, acute, often slightly recurved, virtually flat, surfaces densely covered by short silky hairs; floral leaves similar but usually broader (to 6 mm) and shortly white-woolly above; stipules brown, 1.5–3 mm long, more or less glabrous, free, but closely overlapped near base, viscid when young. Flowers in terminal, sessile or shortly pedunculate heads, each c. 0.5 cm diam. and subtended by a floral leaf and several broad, pale to brown viscid bracts (these enlarging in fruit), the heads arranged in approximate umbels with the central one sessile; perianth 1.5–2 mm long, white, externally white-woolly; sepals c. 0.8 mm long; free part of hypanthium c. 0.2 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long, entire. Fruit c. 2 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

LoM, Wim. Also SA. Extremely rare in Victoria, known by very few collections from mallee developed on heavier soils at the southern fringe of the Big Desert near the South Australian border.

Willis (1973) asserted that the Victorian plants were better placed within the very similar, South Australian species, S. spathulatum, but that species differs in having stem leaves that are more or less glabrous above and have a prominently thickened margin.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Spyridium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Spyridium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spyridium nitidum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spyridium nitidum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native

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