Erect to spreading shrub, 1-3.5 m high. Fl. yellow-green/cream & white & red, May or Aug to Dec or Jan. White or grey sand, sandy loam. Low-lying, seasonally wet flats.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Cranbrook, Denmark, Manjimup, Plantagenet.
Habit and leaf form. Shrubs, 1–3.5 m high. Branchlets not glaucous. Leaves simple, 20–70 mm long overall. Leaf blade 1.5–6 mm wide, dissected or undissected, flat, narrowly elliptic, tripartite; deeply divided to midvein; not further divided or biternate. Leaf lobes 2–4 mm wide. Margins entire, recurved. Hairs straight.
Inflorescence and floral features. Inflorescence axillary, or terminal; a raceme. Flowers white or cream, very irregular. Pedicel 3–6 mm long. Perianth 3–4 mm long, simple-hairy, 4 -partite; lobes all free. Stamens 4. Pistil 6–8 mm long, stipitate; stipe 0.5–1.5 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Styles glabrous, red. Pollen presenter oblique.
Fruit features. Fruit smooth, ellipsoidal or spheroidal, glabrous, not viscid, 10–13 mm long.
Flowering Time. July, or August, or September, or October (sporadic in other months).
Habitat. Amongst medium trees, or low trees, or tall (sclerophyll) shrubland; in gravelly soil, or sand; occupying swampy areas.
Distribution. Western Australia. Western Australian Botanical Province(s): South-west; IBRA Bioregions SW: AW, JF, and WAR. Western Australian native; endemic to Western Australia.
subsp. diversifolia: Leaf undersurface glabrous or with scattered hairs; entire or divided; simple leaves thin, soft, 6–12 mm wide
subsp. subtersericata: Leaf undersurface silky, entire or divided; simple leaves stiff, 1.5–6 mm wide.
Etymology. diversifolia subsp. subtersericata (L): subter beneath + sericatus covered in hairs (refers to the silky hairs on the undersurface of the leaves).
Descriptions were generated using DELTA format and DELTA software: Dallwitz (1980) and Dallwitz, Paine and Zurcher (1993 onwards, 1995 onwards, 1998)
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