Astrotricha sp. 2

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:249 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect shrubs 1.5–4.2 m high; stems felted. Leaves narrowly ovate to narrowly elliptic, 106–133 mm long, 11–18 mm wide, more or less acute, upper surface flat, smooth, lacking asperities, midvein obvious in shallow depression above, obvious below, margins flat or very slightly recurved; petiole 8–11 mm long. Inflorescence 80–150 mm long; axes closely lanate to closely floccose; bracts triangular, c. 3 mm long. Pedicels 5–11 mm long; petals 2–2.5 mm long, those of terminal (primary) and lateral umbels concolorous, white or rarely greenish-yellow; anthers c. 0.9 mm long. Fruits compressed, depressed-obloid, 2–2.5 mm long, 3.5–4 mm wide, not locellate Flowers Nov.–Dec.

Also NSW. In Victoria, restricted to a small area north of Mallacoota Inlet. Grows in dense shrubby moist eucalypt (E. sieberi) forest in loamy soils over quartzite. Regenerates apparently only from seed, not known to root-sucker.

Similar in many respects to A. asperifolia subsp. 2, which has fruits that are larger and usually no wider than long, and shorter leaves (95 mm or less), usually with some faint asperities or unevenness on the upper surface. Astroticha sp. 2 also has similarities to the complex around A. longifolia Benth., which occurs in New South Wales and Queensland.

Source: Henwood, M.J.; Makinson, R.O.; Maling, K.L. (1999). Araliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Araliaceae
genus Astrotricha
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