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.
This species is most closely related to P. surrepens.
Text by B. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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