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Correa glabra

Citation: Lindley in T.L. Mitchell, Three Exped. Int. eastern Austral. 2:48 (1838).

Synonymy: C. rubra Smith var. megacalyx J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 496 (1948).

Common name: Rock (or smooth) correa.

Erect dense shrub of 1-3 x 1-3 m, with subglabrous branches; petiole 2-8 mm long; lamina narrowly to broadly elliptic or obovate, 1-5 x 1-3 cm, glabrous or subglabrous above and below.

Solitary, rarely more, pendulous flowers terminal on axillary or lateral shoots; peduncles 2-6 mm long; calyx shallowly to deeply cup-shaped; corolla 1-4 cm; tube green or yellowish, or white, pink or red with green-yellow tips; stamen filaments broadened at the base; anthers prominent, exserted one-quarter to one-half of the corolla length, yellow; ovary glabrous.

fruit 5-8 mm high, white to green; seeds c. 4 x 2 mm, brown or grey speckled brown; corolla deciduous.

image of FSA2_Correa_gla.jpg Correa glabra
Image source: fig 414e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:    Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: May — Aug.

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Biology: A point of distinction is the strong, often pungent or sweet lemon smell of crushed leaves. Also, C. glabra is almost entirely confined to rocky habitats.

Taxonomic notes: Extensive hybridisation recorded in Vic. but yet to be reported in S.Aust. Plants referrable to C. glabra occur on central KI and warrant further study. The taxonomic limits of C. glabra, some varieties of C. reflexa and C. schlechtendalii are confused and the specific-varietal limits need to be redefined. Such a revision is not possible here. However, the following is a likely outcome. C. glabra var. glabra. Glabrous lamina, variable corolla size and colour; calyx small. C. glabra var. leucoclada. Large tomentose flocculose lamina, large flower, especially calyx; green corolla. See also under C. schlechtendalii, C. reflexa var. coriacea and C. reflexa var. nummulariifolia.

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