Euphrasia caudata (J.H.Willis) W.R.Barker APNI*
Synonyms: Euphrasia scabra var. caudata J.H.Willis APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb 7.5–40 cm high, branched from base of plant, densely glandular-hairy with some non-glandular hairs also present.
Upper stem leaves ovate to elliptic, mostly 6–36 mm long, 1.7–9.5 mm wide, margins usually lobed or sometimes ± toothed with 2–5 pairs of teeth.
Racemes usually 18–24-flowered, but up to 32 flowers. Calyx 3.8–9.5 mm long, hairy with glandular and non-glandular hairs. Corolla 9.0–19.0 mm long, usually violet to mauve to pink rarely paler or white; tube 6.3–10 mm long, glabrous at base. Stamen filaments usually glabrous; anthers 1.2–2.1 mm long, connectives hairy.
Capsule 5.2–9.5 mm long, upper part bristly.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in Sphagnum swamps, streams or other damp situations in subalpine woodland and grassland; south from the A.C.T.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
A dwarf variant to 5 cm high on the Ramshead Ra., is possibly a distinct species. It has mauve-pink flowers with a yellow throat.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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