Common name: Australian Mudwort
Limosella australis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Semi-aquatic small perennial herb, often stoloniferous.
Leaves erect to ascending, usually 1–6 cm long, lamina not differentiated or oblanceolate and up to 12 mm long and 1–3 mm wide, apex attenuate, base tapered.
Pedicels slender, erect in flower, sometimes down-turned and usually 8–25 mm long in fruit. Calyx 1.5–2 mm long, red-purple below sinuses between the teeth. Corolla c. 2 mm long, white; lobes often purple externally. Anthers black, with white pollen.
Capsule broad-ellipsoid, 2.2–2.8 mm long, 1.8–2 mm diam., dark brown, sometimes down-turned into mud, with curved caducous style 0.8–1.2 mm long.
Flowering: mostly August–April
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in fine silt of rockholes, and swamps, mudflats and sandbars; flowering when exposed, sometimes when lower parts are inundated; south from Guyra district.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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