Common name: Frail Triggerplant
Stylidium debile F.Muell. APNI*
Synonyms: Stylidium sp. B sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Perennial herb with a loose rosette of leaves at apex of a short stem, often with scattered several smaller leaves below.
Leaves spathulate to obovate, 0.5–3 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, margins entire, lamina glabrous.
Scapes 5–35 cm high, sparsely glandular-hairy; inflorescence racemose, glandular-hairy; bracts present, bracteoles present. Sepals c. 1 mm long, shorter than the ovary. Corolla 2–4 mm long, pink, whitish, bright mauve or reddish, slightly glandular on the outer surface; tube slightly longer than sepals; petals not quite equal. Column c. 4 mm long. Ovary oblong, 1.5–2 mm long, glandular-hairy.
Capsule narrow-oblong, 6–8 mm long, often ± curved; seeds tawny, hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy ground or permanently wet places, near lakes in coastal districts; chiefly north from Tuggerah Lakes.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by L. C. Stanberg
Taxon concept: A.R. Bean (1999)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.