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Gonocarpus chinensis (Lour.) Orchard
Family Haloragaceae
Gonocarpus chinensis (Lour.) Orchard APNI*

Description: Erect or ascending perennial herb 20–45 cm high; stems 4-ribbed, scabrous with sparse, appressed hairs.

Leaves decussate becoming alternate above, narrow-lanceolate to elliptic, 10–30 mm long, usually 2–6 mm wide, margins thickened, toothed, scabrous with sparse, appressed hairs; ± sessile.

Petals 1–1.5 mm long,

Fruit globose, up to 1 mm long, silver-grey to dark grey, 8-ribbed, covered with glistening papillae on and between the ribs.


Habit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Other photo
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Distribution and occurrence: Coastal areas in open, wet or swampy habitats; north from the Hawkesbury R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One subspecies in NSW : Gonocarpus chinensis subsp. verrucosus

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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