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Melaleuca baxteri Benth Agonis obtusissima F.Muell. Myrtoleucodendron baxteri Kuntz.
Agonis baxteri is a shrub that is native to Western Australia.
The spindly upright shrub typically grows to a height of 2 metres (7 ft). The leaves are dark green in colour and have a prominent mid vein. The leaf blade is approximately 40 millimetres (1.6 in) in length with an elliptical to oval shape. It blooms between September and December producing pink white flowers. The flowers each have five petals and a diameter of 12 to 15 mm (0.5 to 0.6 in). The species looks very similar to Taxandria marginata.
Found on sandplains, dunes, swamps, stony hills, disturbed and disturbed areas along the south coast in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia in the Esperance Plains and Mallee IBRA regions where it grows in sand and loam over quartzite, limestone or granite.
The species was first described as Melaleuca baxteri by the botanist George Bentham in 1867 in Orders XLVIII. Myrtaceae- LXII. Compositae in the work Flora Australiensis. It was later described by Ferdinand von Mueller in 1881 as Agonis obtusissima then again in 1891 as Myrtoleucodendron baxteri by Kuntze. In 2007 J.R.Wheeler & N.G.Marchant reclassified the species as Agonis baxteri in the article A revision of the Western Australian genus Agonis (Myrtaceae) and two new segregate genera Taxandria and Paragonis in the journal Nuytsia.
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