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Opercularia varia Hook.f.
Family Rubiaceae
Common name: Variable Stinkweed

Opercularia varia Hook.f. APNI*

Description: Spreading subshrub to 30 cm high; branches lax, numerous from one short main stem, angular, ± scabrous.

Leaves oblong-linear to lanceolate, sometimes ovate, 0.5–1.5 cm long, usually to 3 mm wide, apex acute, margins strongly recurved, lamina glabrous to densely scabrous.

Flowering heads mostly on peduncles 2–7 mm long and with apparently dichotomous branching from the same node on the lower inflorescences. Calyx lobes c. 1 mm long. Corolla c. 2 mm long. Fruiting heads 2–5 mm diam.; seeds transversely wrinkled with 2 smooth longitudinal ridges on the inner surface.

Flowering: June–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, often in sandy soils, chiefly on the coast and adjacent ranges, south from Karuah.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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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