sensu Fl. Victoria 3:922 (1996) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)
Subshrubs, mostly to c. 50 cm high, single-stemmed or sometimes several-stemmed from base. Leaves more or less concolorous, with scattered appressed silky hairs on abaxial surface, glabrous or glabrescent adaxially. Sepals 0.5–1 mm long; hairs on floral tube appressed, to c. 0.5 mm long, usually rather sparse. Flowers mostly Sep.–Feb.
Also NSW. Recorded from plains west of Melbourne (e.g. Bacchus Marsh, Natimuk areas) and northern plains (e.g. Terrick Terrick, Barmah, Wangaratta), as well as scattered sites in the Gippsland ranges (e.g. Bunyip, Valencia Creek, Cann River, Yalmy areas). In plains areas usually associated with grasslands and woodlands, while the Gippsland occurrences are mostly from dry forests developed on shallow, often stony soils.
Although treated here as one entity, it seems likely that the plains and Gippsland plants comprise two taxa differing in habitat, habit (slender upright plants in plains representatives, and low, widely branched and twiggy plants in Gippsland) and seed morphology (pyriform in plains plants, fusiform in Gippsland). The seed shape (slightly constricted below the apex) of the 'plains form' in particular suggests perhaps a closer relationship with P. micrantha. Revisionary work on this group is underway.