Leionema microphyllum (F.Muell.) Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 12: 275 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Shrub to 40 cm high; branchlets terete, minutely stellate-hairy (rarely glabrous). Leaves very shortly petiolate, coriaceous, ovate to broadly ovate, 3–5 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, apex subcordate, obtuse to rounded, glabrous to minutely stellate-hairy, margins entire, flat. Inflorescence a terminal or upper-axillary, 1–4-flowered umbel-like cluster, sometimes appearing many-flowered through reduction of upper internodes; pedicels 2–4 mm long. Calyx c. 1 mm long, lobes deltoid, c. 0.5 mm long, fleshy, glabrous; petals valvate, narrowly obovate, c. 4 mm long, white to pink, glabrous; stamens subequal to petals, anthers pink; disc short-cylindric; ovary glabrous. Follicles slightly spreading, glabrous, apex rounded, finely corrugate, c. 4 mm high. Flowers spring.

LoM. Also SA. Extremely rare in Victoria where known only from mallee-heath in the Natimuk area (but not collected from there since 1962) and near Lake Hindmarsh (where first discovered 2014).

Description based largely on South Australian plants.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Rutaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Phebalium brachyphyllum Benth.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-03
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Rutaceae
genus Leionema
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leionema microphyllum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leionema microphyllum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera extinct native
Greater Grampians extinct native

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South Australia