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  ― 217 ―

CXII. E. micranthera F.v.M.

See the present work, Part XX, Plate 88, p. 308.

THIS excessively rare and imperfectly known Western Australian species has been sent to me (Journ. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., lii, 506) by Mr. H. P. Turnbull, of the Alexander River, about half-way between Esperance and Israelite Bays, on the south coast.

Unfortunately he was unable to recognise the specimen, and so to say the exact spot where he collected it, and thus obtain more material, but he has obtained fruits (unfortunately the seed had all dropped out), and these, being new to science, may be described as follows:—They are hemispherical in shape, and about 7 mm. in diameter, shining, with one moderately prominent angle. The pedicels short and flattened, supported by a flattened peduncle of twice the length. The rim horizontal or slightly rounded, the teeth of the calyx flush with the rim or slightly exceeding it. They are figured at fig. 5b, Plate 195.

E. micranthera certainly resembles E. cneorifolia DC. in the narrowish leaves and sessile inflorescence. The peduncle of E. micranthera is broader and more compressed; the fruits are very similar in both species, but the anthers are smaller in E. micranthera and the filaments broader and more yellowish or yellowish-green. The leaves of E. micranthera have longer petioles and are somewhat broader.

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