Tetratheca subaphylla Benth.

Leafless Pink-bells

Fl. Austral. 1: 132 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Straggling or semi-prostrate shrub; stems terete, to c. 80 cm long, often ending in a blunt point, minutely tuberculate, usually glabrous, sometimes with sparse long white hairs. Leaves alternate, usually reduced to scales 1–3 mm long, minutely tuberculate or hairy, not persistent, occasionally broadly oblanceolate, to c. 15 mm long, sessile, flat with recurved margins. Inflorescences 1- or 2-flowered; peduncles 2–7 mm long, glabrous. Sepals broad-ovate to orbicular, c. 1 mm long, deciduous; petals obovate, 4–10 mm long, deep lilac-pink; ovary hairy, ovules 2. Fruit obovate to obcordate, 3–5 mm long; seeds more or less obovoid, 2.5–3.5 mm long, hairy, appendage cream. Flowers Aug.–Feb.

EGL, EGU, HFE, HSF. Also NSW. Confined in Victoria to the eastern half of the State, mostly in East Gippsland where it favours rocky hillsides in tall eucalypt forest.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Tremandraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Oxalidales
genus Tetratheca
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tetratheca subaphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tetratheca subaphylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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New South Wales