Euphrasia ruptura W.R.Barker APNI*
Synonyms: Euphrasia sp. Tamworth (Rupp s.n., -/09/1904) APNI*
Description: Subshrub at least to 26 cm high; branchlets with > 22–25 pairs of leaves; moderately to densely hairy.
Leaves reflexed, narrowly oblong, sparsely to densely hairy; base narrowly cuneate; margin with 2 pairs of teeth; apex 1.3–1.5 cm long, c. 0.8 mm wide, subacute; lower leaves similar, 1.3–1.9 cm long, 1.2–1.8 mm wide, rarely with 3 pairs of teeth; sessile gland patches narrow, extending almost to base.
Inflorescences erect, relatively compact; rachis with retrorse hairs; bracts similar to leave, with 1 or 2 pairs of teeth; pedicels 2.5–4 mm long. Calyx 3.8–4.5 mm long, with scattered spreading to slightly antrorse hairs; median clefts 1.5–1.8 mm long, lateral clefts 0.8–1.1 mm long. Corolla 8–10.8 mm long; tube c. 5 mm long, distally broadened; outer surface distally densely hairy with long hairs; hood 2–2.5 mm long (hairy as for tube, but also with glands present); upper lip emarginate; lower lip c. 5–9 mm long, downturned, with lower lobes shallowly emarginate. Anthers c. 1.3 mm long.
Young fruits ovate-elliptic.
Distribution and occurrence: Presumed extinct; known from a single collection from Tamworth area (NT) made in 1904.
NSW subdivisions: NWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Presumed Extinct; Commonwealth EPBC: Extinct
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.
Attempts to recollect this species have not been successful.
Text by B.J. Conn (2004)
Taxon concept: W.R. Barker, in Telopea (1997)
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