Euphrasia ruptura W.R.Barker APNI*
Synonyms: Euphrasia sp. Tamworth (Rupp s.n., -/09/1904) APNI*
Description: Subshrub at least to 26 cm high; branchlets with > 22–25 pairs of leaves; moderately to densely hairy.
Leaves reflexed, narrowly oblong, sparsely to densely hairy; base narrowly cuneate; margin with 2 pairs of teeth; apex 1.3–1.5 cm long, c. 0.8 mm wide, subacute; lower leaves similar, 1.3–1.9 cm long, 1.2–1.8 mm wide, rarely with 3 pairs of teeth; sessile gland patches narrow, extending almost to base.
Inflorescences erect, relatively compact; rachis with retrorse hairs; bracts similar to leave, with 1 or 2 pairs of teeth; pedicels 2.5–4 mm long. Calyx 3.8–4.5 mm long, with scattered spreading to slightly antrorse hairs; median clefts 1.5–1.8 mm long, lateral clefts 0.8–1.1 mm long. Corolla 8–10.8 mm long; tube c. 5 mm long, distally broadened; outer surface distally densely hairy with long hairs; hood 2–2.5 mm long (hairy as for tube, but also with glands present); upper lip emarginate; lower lip c. 5–9 mm long, downturned, with lower lobes shallowly emarginate. Anthers c. 1.3 mm long.
Young fruits ovate-elliptic.
Distribution and occurrence: Presumed extinct; known from a single collection from Tamworth area (NT) made in 1904.
NSW subdivisions: NWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Presumed Extinct; Commonwealth EPBC: Extinct
Attempts to recollect this species have not been successful.
Text by B.J. Conn (2004)
Taxon concept: W.R. Barker, in Telopea (1997)
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