Linnaea 29: 710 (1859) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|