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Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce
Family Caryophyllaceae
Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce APNI*

Description: Densely tufted and much-branched herb.

Leaves linear, 10–20 mm long, tapering gradually into a fine hair c. 0.6 mm long; lamina soft, often recurved, somewhat flaccid.

Pedicels usually 8–12 mm long. Sepals 2.5–4 mm long, acuminate.

Capsule c. 3 mm long, as long as calyx; seeds reddish brown, wrinkled.


Flowering: Flowers late spring and summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in drier alpine areas and at lower altitudes than C. affinis, in grassland and herbfields.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: var. apetalus

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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