Lobelia membranacea R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Lobelia benthamiana S.Moore APNI*
Description: Prostrate, mat-forming herb rooting at the nodes.
Leaves oblong to elliptical, 1.5–8 mm long, 0.5–3 mm wide, margins toothed or rarely entire, minutely pubescent; petiole very short or absent.
Flowers solitary, pedicels up to 2 cm long; calyx lobes 0.5–1.5 mm long, densely and minutely pubescent; corolla 4–9.5 mm long, white, sometimes tinged with mauve, glabrous to sparsely minutely hairy; tube 2–5 mm long; lobes ± equal, 2–5.5 mm long. Filaments to 5 mm long; lower anthers with a short apical bristle. Ovary turbinate.
Fruit indehiscent, ellipsoid to globose, 1.5–3 mm long, crowned by persistent calyx lobes.
Flowering: Flowers November–May.
Distribution and occurrence: North from Maclean. Also Qld.
Grows on the edges of lakes, pools and slow-moving streams.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
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