Common name: Bacopa, Brahmi
Bacopa monnieri (L.) Wettst. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial, glabrous, rooting at nodes, often forming dense mats.
Leaves often ± succulent, cuneate-oblong or obovate, 3.5–15 mm long, 1.5–7 mm wide, apex rounded, base attenuate, margins entire; sessile.
Pedicels 5–6 mm long in flower, lengthening to c. 20 mm long in fruit; bracteoles 2, c. 5 mm long. Sepals 3–5 mm long, outer 3 ovate and 1.5–3 mm wide, 2 inner ones c. 1 mm wide. Corolla 4.5–9 mm long, white or pale blue; tube 2–4.5 mm long; lobes spreading, rounded.
Capsule ovoid or ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long, topped by persistent style 3–4.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on the edge of freshwater or brackish pools or streams, sometimes submerged; north from Royal N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by W. R. Barker (1992)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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