Common name: Spade Flower
Hybanthus enneaspermus (L.) F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Hybanthus enneaspermus subsp. enneaspermus (L.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb or small shrub to 60 cm high, glabrous or hairy.
Leaves linear to lanceolate, 1–5 cm long, margins recurved to revolute, occasionally flat; stipules acuminate, 1–4 mm long.
Flowers solitary. Sepals 3–4 mm long. Lower petal broad-spathulate; upper petals linear-oblong, 3–4 mm long; lateral pair 4.5–5 mm long. Anthers without appendages.
Capsule 4–9 mm long; seeds 5–12, pitted between ribs.
Distribution and occurrence: The occurence of this species in NSW is not substantiated by collections held at the National Herbarium of NSW. Records from Ballina (1891) and surrounds have been determined as H. stellarioides (syn. H. enneaspermus subsp. stellarioides).
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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