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Burmannia disticha L.
Family Burmanniaceae
Burmannia disticha L. APNI*

Description: Erect herb to c. 70 cm high with 1–3 unbranched leafy peduncles, ± glabrous.

Leaves spreading in a basal rosette, smaller and more erect up peduncle; linear to lanceolate or elliptic, 1–13 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate and sometimes with glandular hairs, lamina sessile and stem-clasping with a sheathing base.

Inflorescence of usually 1 pair of monochasial cymes; each branch up to 15-flowered and 0.6–7 cm long; peduncle 2–13 cm long; flowers ± sessile; bracts 3–11 mm long. Perianth 8–30 mm long, blue with yellow bands; tube 8–30 mm long, 3–8 mm diam., 3-winged; lobes 0.5–3 mm long.

Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid, 3-ridged 6–20 mm long.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: throughout year.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shaded sites, in swamps and wetlands, chiefly in coastal districts; north from Gosford, inland to Torrington.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by D. J. Bedford & A. J. Whalen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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.
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