Fragm. 2: 131 (1861)
Shrub, 1–3.5 m high; branchlets densely covered with fine rusty stellate hairs. Leaves often subopposite, ovate to obovate, 2–10(–11) mm long, 1.5–5(–8) mm wide, obtuse to emarginate, margin plane or recurved, upper surface glabrous or with scattered simple or stellate hairs, lower surface densely stellate-pubescent, whitish, often with scattered larger, rusty hairs; stipules c. 0.5 mm long, deciduous. Flowers axillary, solitary or in small clusters; bracts deciduous. Flowers cream, externally stellate-pubescent; pedicels 1–3 mm long; hypanthium 0.1–0.2 mm long; sepals 1.4–1.6 mm long, much longer than hypanthium; petals absent; disc absent; ovary virtually superior, stellate-pubescent, style branched from near base. Operculum membranous, subequal to mericarp. Flowers Nov.–Dec.
CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VVP, WaP. Also NSW, Tas. Occurs in cool, moist foothill to montane forests from Portland area to the Cobberas Mountains in the far east.
Possible hybrids between P. elachophylla and P. racemosa have been collected from the Grampians. Plants from the far east tend to have slightly larger leaves with more rusty stellate hairs on the lower surface than those occurring west from the Bairnsdale area.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|