Common name: Australian bluebell, tall bluebell, austral bluebell
Wahlenbergia stricta (R.Br.) Sweet APNI*
Description: Perennial tufted herb, 10–90 cm high, branching below inflorescence, usually hirsute.
Leaves opposite (rarely whorled), becoming alternate up the stem, obovate or oblanceolate, becoming linear up the stem, 5–70 mm long, 1–13 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, margins typically undulate, entire or with small callus teeth, usually hirsute.
Flowers in cymes. Sepals 3–16 mm long. Corolla blue throughout or sometimes white outside; tube 4–11 mm long; lobes 6–20 mm long. Style 3-fid, not constricted.
Capsule ellipsoid or globose, 3–10 mm long, glabrous or hirsute.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a variety of plant communities, widespread from the coast, west to Mootwingee district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by P. J. Smith
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Leaves mostly opposite (only the uppermost alternate), 1–13 mm wide; corolla usually blue throughout; style seldom exerted above corolla tube||subsp. stricta|
|Leaves mostly alternate (only the lowermost opposite), 1–6 mm wide; corolla usually blue inside, white outside; style usually exerted above corolla tube||subsp. alterna|
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