Ann. Wiener Mus. Naturgesch. 2: 82 (1840) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Small, prostrate or decumbent shrub; stems terete with white, silky, appressed hairs, eventually almost glabrous. Leaves alternate, terete, 3–10 mm long; apex acute with long, fragile mucro; lower surface scabrous with a few, pale hairs on young growth; upper surface obscured; margin tightly inrolled; stipules lanceolate, slender, 1–2 mm long, with recurved tips. Flowers solitary, axillary, towards tips of branches; bracts absent, but flower subtended by a reduced leaf with enlarged stipules; calyx 4–5 mm long, silky-pubescent, lobes acute, lower lobes with long, slender tips; bracteoles attached at base of calyx tube, linear 1.5–3.5 mm long, silky-hairy; standard 7–9 mm wide; ovary and base of style hairy. Pod ovate, at least lower half enclosed by calyx. Flowers Dec.–Feb.
EGU, HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Occurs in alpine herbfields, margins of bogs and subalpine woodlands, with an old record from lower altitude near Bidwell.
Specimens from Lake Mountain have smaller flowers than those from more north-easterly alpine areas.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|