Calytrix depressa

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Calytrix depressa
Calytrix depressa.jpg
Calytrix depressa in Kings Park.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Calytrix
Species: C. depressa
Binomial name
Calytrix depressa
(Turcz.) Benth.
Species

See text.

Synonyms
  • Calytrix stowardii S.Moore[1]
  • Calytrix tenuifolia (Meisn.) Benth.[1]

Calytrix depressa is a species of shrub in the family Myrtaceae, endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.

Description[edit]

The species can grow up to 2 metres in height,[2] but is usually between 0.2 and 1 metre high in its native range.[1] The leaves are linear to cylindrical and usually around 1 cm in length.[3] The leaves have a flattened base, which is alluded to in the Latin specific epithet depressa.[2] Numerous flowers, each about 1 to 1.3 cm in diameter, cover the plant in summer .[3] Northern forms have pink to light purple colouring on the outer petals and a contrasting yellow centre, while all-yellow forms are found in the south.[2] The petals are wider than many other Calytrix species.[3] As with most species in the genus, the calyx lobes have prominent awns that extend well-beyond the extent of the petals.[2]

Cultivation[edit]

This species requires a moist but well-drained position, with filtered sunlight. The species may be propagated from cuttings or seed, the latter resulting in stronger plants although difficult to germinate.[2][3] Plants may sometimes be affected by root rot in hot, humid climates, or scale.[3]

Distribution[edit]

The species occurs in the Southwest Botanical Province and the Eremaean Botanical Province[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Calytrix depressa". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Calytrix depressa". Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP). Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Seale, Alan (1988). Garden Companion to Native Plants. Australia: Reed Books. ISBN 0730101878.