Common name: late-forest gentian, snow-gentian
Gentianella sylvicola (L.G.Adams) Glenny APNI*
Synonyms: Chionogentias sylvicola L.G.Adams APNI*
Description: Plant monocarpic; caudex very short.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, 50–70 mm long, 3–7 mm wide; stem leaves narrow-oblanceolate, 30–70 mm long, 4–6 mm wide.
Flowering stems erect, branching from base, 45–70 cm high; terminal inflorescence lax to sub-corymbose, 12- 35 flowered; pedicels 1.5–2.5 cm long, subfiliform. Flowers 5-merous, 2–2.5 cm diam. Calyx lobes linear to linear-lanceolate, 5–5.7 mm long, 5–5.7 mm long, usually smooth marginally, ± acuminate-recurved. Corolla white or violet tinged, with grey violet streaks, tube 3–4 mm wide, lobes 10–12 mm long. Stamens 5; anthers 2–2.3 mm long. Ovary 7–9 mm long; ovules c. 60; stigmas c. 0.8 mm long.
Capsule to 20 mm long. Seeds ovoid, 0.8 - 1 mm long, light to dark olive brown.
Flowering: Flowers March and April
Distribution and occurrence:
Found in grassy/shrubby understorey in subalpine forest of Eucalyptus delegatensis, E. dalrympleana and E. pauciflora.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Readily distinguished from all other Australian taxa by the combination of its forest habitat and late flowering.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: L.G. Adams. Flora of Australia Vol. 28. (1996); David Glenny (2004): A revision of the genus Gentianella in New Zealand, NewZealand Journal of Botany, 42:3, 361-530
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