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Colobanthus nivicola M. Gray
Family Caryophyllaceae
Colobanthus nivicola M. Gray APNI*

Description: Compact, tufted, cushion-like herb, leaves suberect.

Leaves narrow-triangular to lanceolate, < 6 mm long, rigid, apex acicular but not pungent, margins not thickened.

Pedicels slender, 3–10 mm long, at least as long as calyx. Sepals broad-triangular, c. 3 mm long, acuminate.

Capsule c. 3 mm long, as long as calyx; seeds yellowish brown with minute wrinkles.


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Forming mats in the moist areas of alpine herbfields; also colonizes disturbed areas.
NSW subdivisions: ST

Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RC-t
AVH map***

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
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