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Thyridia repens (R.Br.) W.R.Barker & Beardsley
Family Phrymaceae
Common name: Creeping Monkey-flower

Thyridia repens (R.Br.) W.R.Barker & Beardsley APNI*

Synonyms: Mimulus repens R.Br. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial or occasionally aquatic annual or perennial herb, glabrous except for sessile glands, usually prostrate, rooting at nodes and forming mats, when submerged erect to 20 cm high and/or with erect branches arising from prostrate parts.

Leaves not joined at nodes, lamina ± ovate, usually broadly so, mostly 0.1–0.5 cm long, 0.5–3 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse, base ± rounded, margins entire; shortly petiolate.

Flowers 1 in axils; pedicels 0.1–1 cm long. Calyx 2.5–5 mm long; teeth ± equal, c. 0.5 mm long. Corolla 2-lipped, with the limb blue, purple or pink; tube 5–10 mm long, white or yellow sometimes with red spots; lower lip c. 4 mm long with a prominent yellow raised palate at the base closing mouth.

Capsule globose to ellipsoid, c. 5 mm long.

Photo A.E. Orme

Flowering: September–April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy sites, open margins of lakes, watercourses, or in temporarily wet areas, sometimes in saline sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by W. R. Barker & G. J. Harden (1992)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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.
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