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Hairy-leaved beaufortia
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Beaufortia (plant)
Species:
puberula
Synonyms
  • Beaufortia micrantha var. puberula Benth.
  • Beaufortia interstans F.Muell.
  • Melaleuca micrantha var. puberula (Benth.) Craven & R.D.Edwards

Beaufortia puberula, commonly known as hairy-leaved beaufortia, is a plant in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae and is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. It is a shrub growing to a height of about 2 m (7 ft) with hairy young leaves and heads of hairy, pink or red flowers during most of the year.

Description

Beaufortia puberula is a shrub which grows to a height of 2 m (7 ft), sometimes spreading to 2 m (7 ft) wide. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs and are 1.5–4 mm (0.06–0.2 in) long, 1–1.5 mm (0.04–0.06 in) wide and hairy, or hairy when young.

The flowers are pink or deep pink to red and are arranged in heads on the ends of the branches. The flowers have 5 sepals, 5 petals and 5 bundles of stamens. The stamen bundles are about 1–3 mm (0.04–0.1 in) long with 5 to 7 separate stamen filaments a further 1–2.5 mm (0.04–0.1 in) long. The inner surface of the bundles is glabrous but the outer face in covered with long hairs. Flowering occurs in most months and is followed by fruit which are woody capsules 10–16 mm (0.4–0.6 in) long and about 5 mm (0.2 in) in diameter, joined in clusters.

Taxonomy and naming

Beaufortia puberula was first formally described in 1852 by Nikolai Turczaninow and the description was published in Bulletin de la Classe Physico-Mathématique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Saint-Pétersbourg. The specific epithet (puberula) is derived a Latin word meaning "downy". The species had previously been known as Beaufortia interstans.

Distribution and habitat

Hairy beaufortia grows in sand, sometimes with laterite or loam and occurs near Merredin, Katanning and Southern Cross in the Avon Wheatbelt, Coolgardie, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest and Mallee biogeographic regions.

Conservation

Beaufortia puberula is classified as "not threatened" by the Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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