Common name: Native gipsywort, Australian Gipsywort
Lycopus australis R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 1.5 m high, branches erect from an underground rhizome, usually unbranched.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 4–15 cm long, 8–25 mm wide; apex tapering into a sharp point; base slender and cuneate; margins coarsely toothed.
Flower clusters ± sessile in axils. Calyx 3.5–5 mm long; lobes 1.6–2.5 mm long, ending in a stiff point. Corolla 4.5–5.5 mm long, white, tube much longer than lobes. Stamens exserted just above throat.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in wet areas, along soakage lines and streams and in swamps, frequently in disturbed sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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