Tetratheca thymifolia Sm.

Thyme Pink-bells

Exot. Bot. 1: 41, t. 22 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect or straggling shrub to c. 1 m high; stems with dense tubercle-based, spreading, twisted or curled setae to c. 1.5 mm long or more sparse antrorse setae, rarely glabrous. Leaves mostly in whorls of 3–5, rarely a few opposite or alternate, narrow- to broad-elliptic, rarely almost linear or suborbicular, mostly 5–15 mm long, 1–8 mm wide, acute or obtuse, often mucronate, margins flat to revolute, surfaces variously hairy particularly on midvein and near margins. Inflorescences 1- or rarely 2-flowered; peduncles elongating, 5–23 mm long in mature flowers, densely or sparsely covered with hairs of various length, rarely glabrous. Sepals lanceolate to broad-ovate, mostly 2.5–3 mm long, often glandular-hairy, deciduous; petals c. ovate, 6–15 mm long, deep lilac-pink or white, deciduous; ovary usually densely hairy; ovules 4. Fruit cordate to obcordate, 4–6 mm long; seeds more or less ovoid, 2.5–3 mm long, turgid. Flowers mostly Sep.–Nov.

EGL, VAlp. Also Qld, NSW. Known in Victoria from only 2 localities: Mt Buffalo (1913) and near Mallacoota (1938 and 1987) without habitat information.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Tremandraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Oxalidales
genus Tetratheca
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tetratheca thymifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tetratheca thymifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Victorian Alps present native

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Australian Capital Territory