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Homoranthus coracinus
Scientific classification
Occurrence data from AVH

Homoranthus coracinus is a plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae and is endemic to a small area in Queensland. It is a low, spreading shrub with pointed, narrow egg-shaped leaves and groups of up to six flowers with black petals. It is only known from a single population in the Ka Ka Mundi part of the Carnarvon National Park.


Flowers April, May and September.Distinguished by its pendulous flowers, orange bracteole and dark purple to black sepals.

Taxonomy and naming

Homoranthus coracinus was first formally described in 2000 by Anthony Bean from a specimen collected in the Ka Ka Mundi National Park (now park of Carnarvon National Park) in 1999. The description was published in Austrobaileya. The specific epithet (coracinus) is a Latin word meaning "ravenlike" or "black as a crow", referring to the colour of the petals.

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to Mount Mooloolong area in Carnarvon National Park, central Queensland. Grows in heath on shallow soils on a sandstone outcrop.

Conservation status

Known from a single population. Bean (2000) species considered endangered. ROTAP code of 2ECit using Briggs and Leigh (1996) IUCN (2010) considered 'Endangered'.

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