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Common name: Swamp Weed
Selliera radicans Cav. APNI*
Description: Woody perennial herb, stems prostrate, to 50 cm long, glabrous.
Leaves glossy, spathulate to obovate, 1.5–7 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, margins entire.
Flower stalks to 20 mm high. Sepals ovate to oblong, 4–5 mm long. Corolla 5–12 mm long, reddish brown outside, usually whitish inside. Indusium ± globose, with silky hairs at base, lips glabrous or nearly so on.
Fruit ovoid, 4–5 mm long; seeds brown, circular to elliptic, c. 2 mm wide; wing c. 0.5 mm wide, usually crumpled, very sticky when wet.
Flowering: chiefly spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in salt marshes and bordering lakes and streams, south from Gosford.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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