Orites lancifolius

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Orites lancifolius
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Orites lancifolius in Baw Baw National Park.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Orites
Species: O. lancifolius
Binomial name
Orites lancifolius
F.Muell.[1]

Orites lancifolius, commonly known as alpine orites, is a shrub in the family Proteaceae. It is endemic to south-eastern Australia.[2][3] The species has a spreading habit and may be a prostrate or up to 2 metres high.[2] The leaves are 1 to 3 cm long, and 5 to 12 mm wide.[2] White to pale yellow flowers appear between December and January (early to mid summer) in its native range.[2] The species was first formally described in 1855 by botanist Ferdinand von Mueller from plant material that he collected "on the rocky summits of the Australian Alps (5-6000 feet high)".[1]

Orites lancifolius occurs in alpine and subalpine areas of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria in heath and tussock grassland amongst granite rocks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Orites lancifolius". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Orites lancifolia". Flora of Australia Online. Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ "Orites lancifolius". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-12-07.