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Pollia crispata (R.Br.) Benth.
Family Commelinaceae
Common name: Pollia

Pollia crispata (R.Br.) Benth. APNI*

Description: Perennial herb; stems ascending, to c. 1 m high.

Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate, 10–19 cm long, 2–3.5 cm wide, glabrous, apex acuminate, tapering at the base; sheath 2.5–3.5 cm long, undulate around the orifice.

Inflorescence terminal, almost sessile, 3.5–5 cm long. Outer tepals imbricate; inner tepals 4–6 mm long, white or sometimes blue. Fertile stamens 3, staminodes 3.

Fruit 5–6 mm long; seeds grey.


Habit
Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: spring–autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest or on rainforest margins, in wet places or along creeks; north from Cambewarra Ra., inland to Belmore Falls and Elands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


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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