Cryptandra tomentosa Lindl.

Prickly Cryptandra

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Interior East. Australia 2: 177 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect, often divaricate shrub to c. 30 cm (rarely 1 m) high; branchlets sometimes terminating in spines. Leaves shortly petiolate, terete, 2–5(–8) mm long, c. 0.5 mm wide, grooved beneath, glabrous, scabrous or minutely hispid; stipules to 1.5 mm long. Flowers sessile, clustered toward branch-tips, sometimes in apparent heads, rarely solitary; bracts brown, broad-ovate, to c. 1 mm long, blunt, glabrous or sparsely ciliate; perianth broad-campanulate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, white, ageing pink to red; sepals c. equal to or slightly longer than hypanthium; petals c. 0.5 mm long; style 3-lobed at summit, shortly exceeding hypanthium, glabrous. Fruit 2.5–3 mm long, slightly exceeding the enlarged hypanthium.

CVU, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, VRiv, Wim.

2 varieties, both in Victoria.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Udovicic, F. (1999). Cryptandra. 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 Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rhamnaceae
genus Cryptandra
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cryptandra tomentosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cryptandra tomentosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Victorian Riverina present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Otway Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory