Euphrasia bella S.T.Blake APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb 9–30 cm high, branches decumbent, hairy with short non-glandular or glandular hairs, younger growth usually with long glandular hairs.
Upper stem leaves elliptic to obovate or spathulate, 8.5–12.5 mm long, 3.4–5.4 mm wide, margins with usually 2 or sometimes 3 pairs of teeth; ± petiolate.
Racemes with as few as 6 flowers, usually 12–36-flowered. Calyx 5–8 mm long, usually glabrous except for glandular hairs below median clefts. Corolla 9–15 mm long, mauve to blue, with yellow blotch on lower lip; tube 6–10 mm long, glabrous at base and on lower surface. Stamen filaments sometimes glabrous; anthers 1.6–1.9 mm long, connectives hairy.
Capsule 6.5–8.2 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering: recorded October–December
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in exposed sites in cool-temperate rainforest in the McPherson Ra. Grows on the Qld-N.S.W. border.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
An allied plant with subpetiolate leaves and 3 or 4 pairs of teeth and with bracts and calyces with non-glandular scabrous indumentum grows in cool-temperate rainforest near The Pinnacle (Wiangaree S.F.) A specimen collected from Tamworth in 1904 keys out here, it is likely to represent a distinct species, designated Euphrasia sp. 'Tamworth' in Barker (1982b). It is intermediate both geographically and morphologically between E. bella and E. bowdeniae but appears to be more closely related to E. bowdeniae<. The uppermost leaves have 2 pairs of marginal teeth and the corolla lobes are densely hairy.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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