Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce APNI*
Description: Densely tufted and much-branched herb.
Leaves linear, 10–20 mm long, tapering gradually into a fine hair c. 0.6 mm long; lamina soft, often recurved, somewhat flaccid.
Pedicels usually 8–12 mm long. Sepals 2.5–4 mm long, acuminate.
Capsule c. 3 mm long, as long as calyx; seeds reddish brown, wrinkled.
Flowering: Flowers late spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in drier alpine areas and at lower altitudes than C. affinis, in grassland and herbfields.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Colobanthus apetalus var. alpinus is confined to New Zealand, but the name has been misapplied to Colobanthus sp. Macquarie Island (R.D.Seppelt 12156) Australian National Herbarium by Orchard, A.E. (1993), Caryophyllaceae. Flora of Australia 50: 127. Note added K.L. Gibbons, 23 June 2022.
Text by A. Doust
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