Euphrasia bowdeniae W.R.Barker APNI*
Description: Perennial herb usually 7–20 cm high, with many ascending to procumbent branches, branches with 2 rows of stiff recurved non-glandular hairs.
Upper stem leaves ± elliptic to ± obovate, 4.0–7.5 mm long, 1.2–3.2 mm wide, margins with usually 1 pair teeth, or sometimes entire; base narrow-cuneate.
Racemes mostly 4–10-flowered, sometimes up to 20 flowers. Calyx 3.3–6 mm long, glabrous except for glandular hairs on margins of teeth. Corolla 7.0–10.5 mm long, mauve to violet with deeper markings in throat; tube 5.5–8.0 mm long, narrow part glabrous, broad part with glandular hairs and sometimes with non-glandular hairs. Stamen filaments usually glabrous, sometimes with hairs at base of lower filaments; anthers 1.1–1.7 mm long, connectives densely hairy.
Capsule c. 4–5.5 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sandstone cliffs in shallow soil on ledges or sometimes trailing over rock, in higher parts of Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CT
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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