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Centranthera cochinchinensis (Lour.) Merr.
Family Orobanchaceae
Centranthera cochinchinensis (Lour.) Merr. APNI*

Description: Erect annual herb 13–55 cm high, branched, scabrous with minute non-glandular hairs or tubercules.

Leaves linear or narrow-lanceolate or ovate, 2–5.5 cm long, 1.5–4.5 mm wide, apex obtuse, margins entire to coarsely sinuate; sessile.

Inflorescence 5–22 cm long; bracts leaf-like, becoming smaller up stem; pedicels c. 1 mm long. Calyx 6–10 mm long, entire to shortly 5-toothed. Corolla 13–30 mm long, pink or mauve, sometimes with white lobes and pink or purple throat; tube 10–22 mm long; lobes ± equal, rounded.

Capsule ovoid to ellipsoid, 6–7 mm long, enclosed in the greatly enlarged calyx.


Flower
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Distribution and occurrence: in moist sites, not common, recorded for Boonoo Boonoo and Tweed Heads.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
AVH map***

Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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