Common name: Cunningham's snow-gentian, snow-gentian
Gentianella cunninghamii subsp. cunninghamii APNI*
Synonyms: Chionogentias cunninghamii L.G.Adams subsp. cunninghamii APNI*
Gentianella diemensis (Griseb.) J.H.Willis APNI*
Description: Caudex ± rhizomatous.
Basal leaves linear -oblanceolate, to 45 mm long, 7 mm wide; stem leaves linear, to 30 mm long, 3–4 mm wide. Internodes 5–10. Pedicels usually 2–3 mm long.
Corolla lobes to 15 mm long. Stigmas 0.6 - 0.8 mm long. Ovary c. 10 mm long.
Flowering: November to June.
Distribution and occurrence:
Wet, montane to subalpine tall heathland, often in open snow-gum-black sally woodland in sandy or granitic soils.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Threatened species: ROTAP: (1988: 3aNV)
C. cunninghamii subsp. major L.G. Adams is confined to the higher country of the western Victorian Alps.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Adams, L.G. (1995) Chionogentias (Gentianaceae), a new generic name for the Australasian 'snow-gentians' and a revision of the Australian species. Australian Systematic Botany 8(5): 963-964.David Glenny (2004): A revision of the genus Gentianella in New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Botany, 42:3, 361-530.
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