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Spreading shrub, 0.2-1.7 m high, up to 2 m wide. Fl. red, Jun or Aug to Sep. Yellow sand, limestone soils, sandy clay. Coastal limestone, seasonally wet areas.
Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain.
IBRA Subregions: Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth.
IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Cambridge, Canning, Cockburn, Coorow, Cottesloe, Dandaragan, Fremantle, Gingin, Gosnells, Joondalup, Kalamunda, Kwinana, Mandurah, Rockingham, Stirling, Wanneroo, Waroona.
Habit and leaf form. Shrubs, 0.2–1.5 m high. Branchlets not glaucous. Leaves simple, 20–45 mm long overall. Leaf blade dissected, subpinnatisect, not further divided. Leaf lobes 5–20 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Margins revolute, enclosing the lower surface of the leaf blade, forming two grooves with the midvein. Hairs straight.
Inflorescence and floral features. Inflorescence axillary, or terminal; a raceme. Flowers orange or red, very irregular. Pedicel 2–3 mm long. Perianth 6–9 mm long, simple-hairy, 4 -partite; lobes all free. Stamens 4. Pistil 20–24 mm long, stipitate; stipe 3–4 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Styles glabrous, orange or red. Pollen presenter oblique.
Fruit features. Fruit ribbed or ridged, oblong, glabrous, 15 mm long.
Flowering Time. May, or June, or July, or August, or September, or October.
Habitat. Amongst medium trees, or low trees, or tall (sclerophyll) shrubland; in rocky or stony soil; occupying heathlands.
Distribution. Western Australia. Western Australian Botanical Province(s): South-west; IBRA Bioregions SW: GS, SWA, and JF. Western Australian native; endemic to Western Australia.
subsp. preissii: Perianth hairy; leaves and branchlets not villous
subsp. glabrilimba: Perianth glabrous; leaves and branchlets villous.
Etymology. preissi ssp. preissii: The specific epithet honours J.A.Ludwig Preiss (1811–1883), one of the best of the early collectors of Australian plants.
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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