Asperula polymera I.Thomps. APNI*
Description: Herbs to 40 cm high, sparingly branched, with moderately retrorse and dense hairs. Internodes mostly 5–50 mm long up to c. 70 mm long.
Leaves spreading or angled upwards, narrow to very narrow-elliptic, oblanceolate to narrow-oblanceolate or spathulate, 3–20 mm long 1.5–5 mm wide, margins flat, recurved or narrowly revolute; densely hairy throughout or absent.
Flowers in terminal heads of several to numerous flowers; corolla glabrous, ovary more or less circular. Male flowers with corolla c. 3–4.5 mm long, tube 1.5–2.5 mm long, anthers 0.6–0.7 mm long, equal to or slightly longer than filament. Female flowers with corolla 1–2 mm long with tube 0.5–1 mm long, ovary 0.8–1.2 mm long, style 2.0–2.2 mm long, with arms 0.5–1 mm long.
Fruits 2–3 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in the far south eastern NSW in the Snowy Mountains, and the mountains of south-central and eastern Victoria, including the Healesville - Lake Mountain area, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buffalo and the Bogong High Plains.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by Louisa Murray (August 2011)
Taxon concept: Thompson, I.R. (2009). A revision of Asperula and Galium (Rubieae: Rubiaceae) in Australia. Muelleria 27, 36–115.
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