Common name: Dwarf Triggerplant
Stylidium despectum R.Br. APNI*
Description: Annual herb with erect stem to 15 cm high, usually ± fleshy, little-branched, glabrous, leaves sometimes clustered near base but not in a rosette, usually scattered along scape.
Leaves thick and bract-like, ± lanceolate, 1–4 mm long, to 1 mm wide, lamina glabrous.
Scape 2–10 cm high, simple or branching from near the base, very finely streaked with red; flowers shortly pedicellate, forming an irregular corymb, or with flowers solitary. Sepals c. 1 mm long. Corolla 1.5–2 mm long and to 1 mm wide, whitish to pale pink. Column 3–4 mm long. Ovary linear, c. 5 mm long.
Capsule linear, 5–7 mm long, glabrous; seeds many, dull brown, smooth.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in drying swamp flats and watercourses, south from Howell.
NSW subdivisions: CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by L. C. Stanberg
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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