Common name: Fairy Primrose
Primula malacoides Franch. APNI*
Description: Herb to over 30 cm high, foliage rosette to 30 cm wide.
Leave blades to 8 cm long, soft, shallowly lobed, toothed, with cordate base, on long stalks (petioles).
Flowers white or various shades of pink, purple or red, in whorls as vertically arranged umbels along stems arising from a basal rosette of leaves; shortly tubular opening abruptly to 5 notched petals; sepals shorter than petals, c. same length as corolla tube at anthesis.
Distribution and occurrence: Sparingly naturalised with several records from the Sydney region, including Darling Mills and Hunts Creeks in the Baulkam Hills area, and in streambeds within the Springwood Creek catchment. Native of China and NE Myanmar.
Recorded from creeklines.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
Many variants in cultivation. Potential garden escapee. See also Hosking, J.R., Conn, B.J., Lepschi, B.J. & Barker, C.H. (2011), Plant species first recognised as naturalised or naturalising for New South Wales in 2004 and 2005. Cunninghamia 12(1): 100.
Text by P.G. Kodela, March 2017
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census accepted name (accessed March 2017)
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