Common name: Tufted Bluebell
Wahlenbergia communis Carolin APNI*
Description: Perennial tufted herb, 5–75 cm high, branching below inflorescence, glabrous or sometimes sparsely hirsute.
Leaves alternate, linear throughout or the lowermost oblanceolate, 4–80 mm long, 0.5–6 mm wide, apex mostly acute, margins flat or sometimes undulate, entire or with small callus teeth, glabrous or sometimes lower leaves sparsely hirsute.
Flowers in cymes. Sepals 2–6 mm long. Corolla blue; tube 4–9 mm long; lobes 6–13 mm long. Style 3-fid, not constricted.
Capsule obconic or elongated-obconic, 4–9 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in open disturbed sites, particularly along roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by P. J. Smith
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.