MONTANE PLANTS (3)

XEROCHRYSUM (Bracteantha) SUBUNDULATUM                               Asteraceae
Orange Everlasting

Xerochrysum subundulatum
Perennial herbaceous daisy with branching underground stems forming larger clumps bearing crowded leaves and erect, leafy, flowering stems. Leaves narrow-lanceolate to obvate, bluntly pointed , surface rough, sometimes with cobwebby hairs at base and on margins.
Flower heads solitary, 3-4cm diameter, dominated by stiff, straw-like, bright golden yellow bracts, disc florets yellow, pappus of stiff yellow hairs.

Flowering January-March.  Widespread in montane grassland and heaths to mountain summits.

Also in Vic and NSW.
Information courtesy of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club.

Xerochrysum subundulatum

VELLEIA MONTANA                                                                            Goodeniaceae
Mountain Velleia

Velleia montana  
     Photo:  J & R Coghlan
A small flat rosette of low alpine herbfields. The flowers are fan-shaped with all the five petals to one side, and are yellow-reddish yellow. Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, 1.5–8 cm long, 6–30 mm wide, margins toothed or entire. Scapes decumbent or ascending, to 10 cm high, usually shorter than leaves; bracteoles free, ± linear, to 5 mm long. Sepals 3, free; upper one ovate to oblong, 5–6 mm long. Corolla 7–10 mm long, obscurely spurred, yellow, pubescent outside, pubescent inside; wings ± to base of inferior lobes, c. 0.5 mm wide. Indusium depressed-ovate, c. 1 mm wide.

Capsule ± globose, c. 2 mm diam., sparsely hairy; seeds circular to elliptic, c. 1.5 mm diam., punctate.

Flowering: chiefly Nov.–Feb.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly in subalpine grassland and woodland at higher altitudes
NSW Vic. Tas.

(Information NSW Flora Online)


PENTACHONDRA ERICIFOLIA                                                         Ericaceae
Fine Frilly Heath
Pentachondra ericifolia
A small spreading heath-like plant.
Ht 15-60cm   W.30-60cm
Leaves: Crowded, narrow-linear, concave, erect or pressed against the stem, 3-6mm long with spreading hairs on the margins, apex blunt.

Flowering:  Spring.
Fruit: A drupe.
Habitat/Distribution:  Subalpine habitats of the Central Plateau and north-east highlands.
Cultivation: Not widely grown.

Information: Tasmania's Natural Flora


LEPTOSPERMUM  LANIGERUM                                     Myrtaceae
Woolly Tea-tree
Leptospermum lanigerum
     
A much-branched shrub or small dense tree, flowering in spring-summer. The young growth is covered with soft silky hairs.  Flowers 1.5 cm in diameter, solitary but numerous, petals white. Sepals and young capsule silky hairy, remaining silky until the second season. Capsule domed, opening by 5 slits. Leaf size variable. Common, widespread in damp places, river banks, montane grasslands and rainforests of west coast Tasmania where it may become a tree to 18 m.
Also occurs in Vic, NSW, Qld, SA.
     

 
LEPTOSPERMUM  NITIDUM                                          Myrtaceae

leptospermum nitidum

Shrub to 2 m high and 2 m across. Leaves 2 cm, narrow-eliptical. Pink buds followed by white flowers with green centres to 1.5 cm. Large 1 cm fruits. Propagate from seed or cuttings.
Very hardy. Tas endemic






WESTRINGIA ANGUSTIFOLIA                Lamiaceae

Common and widespread, especially on Mt Wellington, but can pop up on stony, moist dolerite slopes and similar habitats on the east coast and the upper Derwent Valley.

It's easy to propagate from cuttings but seed is hard to collect. It is a hardy and forgiving plant which tolerates frost, drought, floods and so on. 

Tas endemic.



Westringia angustifolia


BORONIA CITRIODORA                        Rutaceae
Lemon-thyme

Boronia citriodora
Small shrub less than 1m tall.distinguished from other boronias by the strong lemon scent of its crushed foliage. Leaves opposite, 7-15mm long, pinnate with 3-7 linear leaflets.

Flowers with 4 spreading whitish pink petals, the lower surface often darker pink or red, especially in the bud stage. Stamens 8. Fruit separating into 4-seeded parts.
Flowering December-March.

Cultivation: easily grown from cuttings but the plants need to be kept moist. 
Abundant on mountains on central and south-western areas with 3 other subspecies.
Tas endemic.


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