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Species profile—Micromyrtus delicata


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Micromyrtus delicata A.R.Bean
WildNet taxon ID
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Back on Track (BoT) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
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Micromyrtus delicata is a shrub growing to 1m high, with non-pendulous branchlets. The bark is grey, closely adhering, persistent and not fibrous or flaky. The stem flanges are grey or brown, flat, not winged, not warty and the margins are entire. The leaves are opposite, linear to narrowly inversely-ovate in shape, 1.7-3.9mm long by 0.4-0.8mm wide and appear hollowed out, hairless, with prominent oil glands and margins entire or minutely toothed. The leaf stalks are absent or up to 0.3mm long.
The flowers are 2.5-3mm across and occur singly on a stalk 0.5-0.9mm long, from where the leaf stalk joins the stem. The cup-shaped enlargement at the base of the flower tube is inversely-conical, straight, 1-1.5mm long, with 5 shallow ribs branching towards the outer end. The flowers have 5 petals that are inversely-ovate or elliptical in shape, 0.9-1.2mm long by 0.9-1mm wide, keeled, thick, white or yellowish in colour and pink near the centre, with the margins entire and oil glands prominent on the outer surface. The fruits and seeds not seen. (Bean 1997)
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Micromyrtus delicata is only found west of Herberton, on the Atherton Tableland in north-east Queensland. (Bean 1997; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-17.3734674, 145.3427773
-17.3809675, 145.3618612
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Micromyrtus delicata grows in open woodland dominated by Eucalyptus abergiana with shrubby understorey and on grey soil. It occurs at an altitude of approximately 1000m above sea level. (Bean 1997)
Flowers of Micromyrtus delicata have been collected in March. (Bean 1997)
Contributors: Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 26/06/2009
Bean, A.R. (1997). A revision of Micromyrtus Benth. (Myrtaceae) in Queensland. Austrobaileya 4(4): 457.
Herbrecs (2008). Micromyrtus delicata, in BriMapper version 3.2.1. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 17/12/2008.
Profile author
Tony Bean (26/06/2009)

Other resources

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
23 October 2019
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