Key to Tasmanian Dicots
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1. Donatia novae-zelandiae
2. Mosaic cushion including D. novae-zelandiae, Dracophyllum minimum, Abrotanella forsteroides, Pterygopappus lawrencei and Schizacme archeri
DONATIACEAE 2:396
   
This family is represented in the Tasmanian flora by one native alpine cushion plant that is common on western and central mountains (Donatia novae-zelandiae). It is closely related to the Stylidiaceae.

The bases of the leaves of this species have a dense mat of hairs. When not in flower or fruit, this species can be confused with Abrotanella forsterioides, which has a single hair at the end of the leaf, and Dracophyllum minimum which has reddish tips to the leaves and lacks hairs. Other superficially similar cushion species (Phyllachne colensoi, Scleranthus and Colobanthus species) have distinctly yellowish green foliage.

 
 
 
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