Nuytsia 12: 101 (1998) APNI
Spreading shrub to 1 m high. Leaves somewhat coriaceous, oblong, or more commonly, narrowly ovate to ovate, mostly (6–)10–20(–30) mm long, 4–12 mm wide, apex obtuse, base rounded to slightly cordate, sparsely stellate and scabrous above (rarely glabrescent), sparsely to densely fawn-tomentose beneath, margin minutely undulate and often recurved. Flower erect or pendent, not clasped by subtending leaves; calyx hemispherical, c. truncate, 4-dentate, 3–4 mm long ferruginous-tomentose; corolla c. cylindric, 2.5–4 cm long, entirely brilliant red, or with green tips. Flowers mostly autumn-spring.
CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also NSW. Locally common in lowland heaths and heathy open-forest in eastern Victoria, often near the coast, with a few isolated occurrences inland in central and western areas (e.g. Mt Buangor, Maryborough, Brisbane Ranges).
A distinctive form with oblong leaves that are almost smooth and glabrous above occurs between Yarram and Tamboon Inlet and as far inland as Fernbank. It may warrant recognition, but its distinction from more typical forms becomes less pronounced at the eastern end of its range.
Probably hybridizes with C. alba var. alba.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|