Common name: Sprawling Bluebell, Australian Bluebell
Wahlenbergia gracilis (G.Forst.) A.DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Wahlenbergia quadrifida (R.Br.) A.DC. APNI*
Description: Perennial tufted herb, 5–80 cm high, branching below inflorescence, glabrous or sometimes sparsely hirsute.
Leaves alternate or opposite, obovate or oblanceolate, becoming linear up the stem, 2–60 mm long, 0.2–10 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, margins flat or undulate, entire or with small callus teeth, glabrous or sometimes lower leaves sparsely hirsute.
Flowers in cymes. Sepals 1–3 mm long. Corolla usually blue, sometimes white or pink; tube 1–4.5 mm long; lobes 1.5–6 mm long. Style usually 3-fid, usually not constricted.
Capsule obconic, 2.5–7 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in many situations, including lawns and gardens, chiefly on the coast, tablelands and slopes, but west to Nyngan and Hay districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. N.T.
Text by P. J. Smith
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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