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Wilsonia humilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Wilsonia
Species: W. humilis
Binomial name
Wilsonia humilis
R.Br.[1]
Synonyms

Frankenia cymbifolia Hook.

Wilsonia humilis (Silky Wilsonia) is a species of perennial subshrub in the family Convolvulaceae. The species is endemic to Australia, occurring in coastal saltmarshes and also occasionally in inland saline areas, often colonising bare ground.[2] [3]

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Description

Silky Wilsonia is a low-growing mat forming species, growing to 10 cm tall. The plant is covered with short, white hairs imparting a silvery appearance. The small, crowded leaves are concave and overlapping and are 1.5 to 4 mm long and 2 to 3 mm long.[3]White flowers appear between September and December in the species native range.[4] These are followed by capsular fruits which are 3 mm long.[3]

Taxonomy

The species was first formally described in 1810 by botanist Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae.[1]

Distribution

The species is native to Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.[5] It has been recorded in New South Wales, but the record is regarded as doubtful.[5] In Tasmania, the species is rare, occurring near Pitwater, Dunalley and Cape Portland.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "Wilsonia humilis". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni?TAXON_NAME=Wilsonia. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
  2. ^ Corrick, M.G. and Fuhrer, B.A. (2001). Wildflowers of Victoria and adjoining areas. Australia: Bloomings Books. ISBN 1876473142.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Silky Wilsonia". Victorian Resources Online. Department of Primary Industries(Victoria). http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sss_silky_wilsonia. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
  4. ^ "Wilsonia humilis". FloraBase. Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Western Australia. http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/6659.  
  5. ^ a b "Wilsonia humilis". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Wilsonia~humilis. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
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