Common name: Long Eryngium
Eryngium paludosum (C.Moore & Betche) P.W.Michael APNI*
Synonyms: Eryngium rostratum var. paludosum C.Moore & Betche APNI*
Description: Erect spreading annual or short-lived perennial herb, 15–50 cm high and wide.
Leaves mainly basal, ovate or lanceolate, to 25 cm long, ± deeply divided into spinose segments; upper stem leaves to 7 cm long, becoming entire and linear, often reflexed.
Inflorescence a compound dichasium, bracteate at each branching junction, bracts deeply divided into spinose ± linear segments; ultimate unit a head with spinose bracts mainly at base and apex; peduncles 10–30 mm long; flower heads cylindrical, 5–22 mm long, 3–12 mm diam. with linear, pungent, bracts 10–27 mm long, apical ones lanceolate and overtopping the flower heads. Flowers blue or mauve.
Fruit 2.5–3 mm long, covered with blunt bladdery scales and crowned by persistent sepals.
Flowering: mainly September–January
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy, irrigated or flooded areas, depressions on sand, loam, clay and cracking clays; west from the Gunnedah district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell & B. M. Wiecek
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