Common name: River Bluebell
Wahlenbergia fluminalis (J.M.Black) E.Wimm. ex H.Eichler APNI*
Description: Perennial tufted herb, 5–80 cm high, usually much branched below the inflorescence, glabrous or sometimes sparsely hirsute.
Leaves alternate, linear throughout or the lowermost oblanceolate, 4–60 mm long, 0.5–5 mm wide, apex mostly acute, margins flat or sometimes undulate, entire or with a few small callus teeth, glabrous or sparsely hirsute.
Flowers in cymes. Sepals 1–3 mm long. Corolla blue; tube 0.5–1.5 mm long; lobes 3–9 mm long. Style 3-fid, strongly constricted near the stigmatic lobes.
Capsule semiglobose or shortly obconic, 2–5 mm long, glabrous.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on inland floodplains, also sometimes on red soils; west from Albury and Dubbo districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, SC, NT, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Text by P. J. Smith
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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