Xanthosia leiophylla F.Muell. ex Klatt.

Linnaea 29: 710 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted herb or weak subshrub to 15 cm high; rootstock, short, woody; branches procumbent or ascending. Leaves mostly basal; lamina 10–50 mm long and wide, usually glabresent, bi- or tri-ternately dissected, ultimate segments c. ovate, 1.5–3 mm wide; petiole 2–12 cm long. Inflorescence leaf-opposed, compound; peduncle 10–40 mm long; bracts linear-ovate, 3–4 mm long; rays 2–4, often with 1–3 sessile flowers at their base; umbellules 3–6-flowered; flowers male or bisexual; bracteoles ovate, 3–4.5 mm long, often partly to largely fused. Sepals and petals to c. 1 mm long, petals usually reddish; nectary pubescent. Fruit c. 2 mm long; mericarps finely ribbed Flowers spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA. Uncommon in Victoria, where known from sandy heathland and heathy woodland, mostly in the south-west, but also recorded from Wilsons Promontory.

Apparently preferring drier habitats than the very similar X. dissecta (with which it has been included), but the 2 species occasionally occurring in close proximity, and then maintaining their distinctness.

Source: Duretto, M.F.; Hart, J.M. (1999). Xanthosia. 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 Xanthosia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Xanthosia leiophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Xanthosia leiophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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South Australia