Petrophile brevifolia Endemic

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Identified by our leaders on the WAFs tour, this elegant shrub is one of the Proteaceae which tends to cause confusion to those of us new to Hakea, Petrophile, Banksia, Dryandra, Grevillea and Isopogon. The flowers alone don't give the genus away but the characteristics of the fruit are different.

To me as a Australian beginner botanist, I could see very little difference between the structure of Petrophile and Isopogon flowers but strangely they are not near relatives. Petrophile is more closely related to Aulax an African genus.

Petrophile brevifolia

Petrophile brevifolia  

W.A. Wild Flower Society Tour, Quairading Reserve 12th September 2007

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Petrophile brevifolia  

W.A. Wild Flower Society Tour, Quairading Reserve 12th September 2007

Added on 23rd December 2007, updated February 28th 2011

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