J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 18: 157 (1998) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Prostrate to decumbent shrubs up to 40 cm high; branches pubescent to tomentose. Vestiture of tubercle-based stellate hairs. Leaves broadly obovate, 3.5–16(–19.4) mm long, 2–12(–16.2) mm wide, stellate-pubescent, puberulent, rarely glabrescent, juvenile leaves with dense simple hairs on lower leaf surface; petiole 0.4–1.2 mm long; apex truncate, often apiculate, rarely emarginate or rounded; margins narrow, scarcely recurved, lower surface exposed, central vein scarcely raised. Flowers on peduncles 3–16(–22) mm long, terminal on short branches, often with more than one flower growing from the same area, subtended by 1 linear bract, 1.3–1.5(–1.8) mm long, up to half the length of the sepals; sepals 3.6–5.5 mm long, subequal, stellate-tomentose; petals usually obovate, 6–10.6 mm long, slightly papillose, yellow; stamens 10–12; filaments connate for up to half their length; carpels 2, villous. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
OtP, WaP. Grows in limestone and coastal heath near Peterbrough and Port Campbell in the south west of Victoria where it is often locally common.
Juvenile leaves have a dense layer of hooked simple hairs on the lower leaf surface which are soon replaced by stellate hairs. Plants may resemble H. empetrifolia when only juvenile leaves are present, see note under that species.
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