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Prostanthera porcata
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In Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Scientific classification
Genus:
Prostanthera
Species:
porcata
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Occurrence data from AVH

Prostanthera porcata is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae and is endemic to the Budawang Range in south-eastern New South Wales. It is a small, erect shrub with glabrous branches, elliptic leaves and deep pink or pink and cream-coloured flowers.

Description

Prostanthera porcata is an erect shrub that typically grows to a height of 1.5–2 m (4 ft 11 in–6 ft 7 in) and has four-ridged, glabrous, densely glandular branches. The leaves are elliptic, 22–36 mm (0.87–1.42 in) long and 7–14 mm (0.28–0.55 in) wide on a petiole 2–8 mm (0.079–0.315 in) long. The flowers appear singly in leaf axils on a pedicel 4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in) long with bracteoles 2.8–5.6 mm (0.11–0.22 in) long at the base. The sepals are 12–15.5 mm (0.47–0.61 in) long forming a tube 8–9 mm (0.31–0.35 in) long with two lobes 5–7 mm (0.20–0.28 in) long. The petals are deep pink or cream-coloured shading to pink on the lobes, 23–27 mm (0.91–1.06 in) long forming a tube 15–22 mm (0.59–0.87 in) long. Flowering occurs in spring.

Taxonomy

The species was formally described in 1984 by Barry Conn in the Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, based on plant material collected in Budawang National Park.

Distribution and habitat

This mintbush grows in forests on steep rocky slopes in association with Eucalyptus agglomerata and E. sieberi and is only known from the Budawang Range in south-eastern New South Wales.

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