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Species profile—Homoranthus decumbens


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Homoranthus decumbens (Byrnes) Craven & S.R.Jones
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) status
Back on Track (BoT) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Homoranthus decumbens is a low shrub growing to 60cm high and spreading up to 2m across the ground. The leaves are cylindrical, measuring 6-12mm long by about 0.4mm in diameter and are arranged opposite each other in pairs along the branches. The leaves vary in colour from a pale bluish tint to reddish-brown, and smell strongly of menthol when crushed.
The tiny yellow-green flowers are borne singly along the branches from near the base of the leaves. Each flower consists of a ribbed cylindrical tube 4-5mm long, with five petals, five sepals (petal-like structures surrounding the petals), and a style (filamentous, reproductive structure) protruding from within the flower. The sepals and petals are up to 1.5mm long. The style is 5-6mm long. (Craven & Jones 1991; Wang 1995; DEWHA 2008)
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Homoranthus decumbens is endemic to Queensland. It is found on the Blackdown Tablelands in central Queensland, and near Barakula in south-east Queensland. (Wang 1995; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-26.1509211, 150.341379
-26.1533334, 150.3433334
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Homoranthus decumbens occurs in tall shrubland or heath up to 800m above sea level. It occurs on the edge of sandstone cliffs or in shallow sandy soils containing lateritic (iron-rich) pebbles. (Wang 1995)
Homoranthus decumbens flowers from September to December. There is no information available on its fruiting period. (Wang 1995)
Contributors: Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 12/02/2009
Craven, L.A. & Jones, S.R. (1991). A taxonomic review of Homoranthus and two new species of Darwinia (both Myrtaceae, Chamelaucieae). Australian Systematic Botany 4(3): 520.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Homoranthus decumbens in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 01/10/2008.
Herbrecs (2008). Homoranthus decumbens, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 01/10/2008.
Wang, J. (1995). Homoranthus decumbens, in Species Management Manual. Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane.
Profile author
Tony Bean (12/02/2009)

Other resources

Species Profile and Threats Database (SPRAT)
The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
25 January 2022
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