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Conostephium minus
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Scientific classification

Conostephiopsis minor Stschegl.
Conostephium nitens Lindl. ex B.D.Jacks.
Conostephium pendulum Deless.
Styphelia lindleyi F.Muell.

Conostephium minus, common name pink-tipped pearl flower, is a shrub in the Ericaceae family, endemic to Western Australia.


Conostephium minus grows to heights from 15 cm to 75 cm. The ovary is hairy in its upper half, or sometimes throughout. The exposed portion of the corolla tube is purple, and the filaments are inserted roughly in the middle of the corolla tube. The inflorescence axis is 2.1 to 3.4 mm long, with the longest sepals being 5.6 to 7.2 mm long and the corolla lobes 0.3 to 1.0 mm long, and it is these differences in lengths which differentiate Conostephium magnum from Conostephium minus.

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Close up of flower

Taxonomy and naming

The species was described and named by John Lindley in 1839 in A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony. The specific epithet, minus, is a latin adjective meaning "small".

Distribution and habitat

Conostephium minus occurs on undulating sandplains on White/grey or yellow sands, in Beard's South-West Province.

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