Spyridium furculentum W.R.Barker & Kellermann

Forked Spyridium

Muelleria 30: 38 (2012) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Shrub to c. 1.6 m high; young branchlets coarsely stellate-pubescent. Stem leaves Y-shaped (rarely cuneate with an apical notch), 6–10 mm long, lobes mostly from half to as long as undivided base, 1–2 mm wide, upper surface initially with scattered stellate hairs, usually becoming glabrous but tuberculate (from bases of fallen hairs) at least toward the apex and along margin, lower surface moderately densely stellate-pubescent, margin revolute; floral leaves obcordate, 3–8 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, densely white stellate-pubescent on upper surface. Flowers in terminal hemispherical heads c. 1 cm diam. that are subtended by 2–5 floral leaves, enlarged stipules and broad brown papery bracts; perianth c. 2 mm long, externally white-woolly; sepals c. 0.5 mm long, subequal to free part of hypanthium; style 0.6, entire. Fruit c. 2.5 mm long Flowers spring.

LoM, MuM, Wim. A very rare Victorian endemic, localised in heathy mallee near the southern boundary of the Little Desert north-west of Mitre.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-05-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Spyridium
Higher taxa


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

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Western Australia
South Australia