Common name: Twiggy Stinkweed
Opercularia turpis F.Muell. ex Miq. APNI*
Description: Dioecious subshrub; branches erect, ± rigid to 30 cm long arising from main stem, terete, glabrous to densely scabrous.
Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, 0.5–1.5 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute and often hooked, margins strongly recurved, lamina glabrous to ± scabrous; sessile.
Compound flowering heads ± sessile and down-turned. Calyx lobes 0.5–1 mm long. Corolla 0.5–1.5 mm long. Fruiting heads 3–5 mm diam.; seeds ± wrinkled with 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on inner surface.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in mallee communities; uncommon, recorded only from the Balranald-Euston district.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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