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Pratia sp. A sensu Harden (1992)
Family Lobeliaceae
Pratia sp. A sensu Harden (1992) APNI*

Description: Prostrate herb, dioecious; stems creeping, rooting at the nodes, glabrous or finely pubescent.

Leaves distichous, pressed to the ground, lamina ovate to spathulate or ± circular, 6–12 mm long, 2.5–8 mm wide, apex ± obtuse, margins entire; sessile.

Flowers unisexual, solitary in axils of leaves; pedicels 3–4 mm long. Calyx lobes c. 2 mm long. Corolla 4–5 mm long, white, tube split to base. Male flowers with dark anthers, lower 3 glabrous, upper pair each with 1 prominent bristle and a few scattered shorter hairs; ovary rudimentary. Female flowers with pale sterile anthers; ovary c. 2 mm long.

Fruit c. 2 mm long, c. 3.5 mm wide, ± finely pubescent.


Flowering: late spring to summer.

Distribution and occurrence: South from the Kosciusko area.

Grows in subalpine swamps, Sphagnum bogs, wet mud, sometimes submerged in temporary pools.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

This species is most closely related to P. surrepens.

Text by B. Wiecek
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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