Hibbertia crinita Toelken

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 19: 9 (2000) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading to decumbent shrubs, 30–80 cm high; branches tomentose. Vestiture of scattered deciduous silky simple hairs (rarely absent) over dense, usually more than 4-branched, stellate hairs. Leaves subsessile, linear to linear-lanceolate or elliptic, 4.3–13.6 mm long, 0.8–3.3 mm wide; tomentose on both surfaces, with long silky hairs along margins; acute to obtuse with central ridge continued into apex; margins revolute, ± level with and often remote from central ridge below. Flowers sessile, in terminal clusters of 1–7 on long shoots or rarely singly on short shoots, surrounded by 3–7 broadened bract-like leaves, the uppermost 6–9 mm long; sepals 6.8–9.8 mm long, subequal, tomentose to villous; petals obovate, 7.1–13.5 mm long, yellow; stamens 14–24; filaments almost free to half-connate; carpels 2, velvety.

CVU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, NIS, Wim. Also SA. Usually occurs on shallow, stony soils away from the coast, and mostly north of the Great Dividing Range (e.g. Mt Arapiles, Wedderburn, Whitfield, Warby Range) etc, but with southerly occurrences in Gippsland (e.g. Maffra area, Nowa Nowa–Buchan areas).

This species is closely allied to Hibbertia sericea (see note under that species), like other species in the Hibbertia sericea group, Hibbertia crinita is easily distinguished from Hibbertia riparia and associated taxa by the clustered flowers that are usually surrounded by several bracts and the recurved margins of the outer sepals.

Hibbertia crinita was treated as Hibbertia incana (Lindl.) Toelken in the printed version of the Victorian flora (Toelken 1996). However, Hibbertia incana lacks simple hairs, and the under surface of leaves is largely concealed by the broad, raised central ridge and revolute margins (Toelken 2000). Hibbertia incana is currently known only by the 1836 type collection from Mt Hope and is presumed extinct.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-06-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-09

Toelken, H.R. (1996). Dilleniaceae, in: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae, Inkata Press, Melbourne.

Toelken, H.R. (2000). Notes on Hibbertia (Dilleniaceae) 3. H. sericea and associated species., Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 19: 1–54.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Dillenianae]
family Dilleniaceae
genus Hibbertia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hibbertia crinita in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hibbertia crinita in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

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South Australia
New South Wales