Platysace heterophylla var. heterophylla

Slender Platysace

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Semi-erect or scrambling herb or subshrub, glabrous; stems slender, 8-40 cm long, often many stems growing from a single rootstock. Leaves filiform, usually entire, sometimes lower leaves 3–5-lobed, (3–)8–30(–50) mm long, simple leaves or lobes c. 0.5–1 mm wide, acute; petiole to 0.5 mm long. Umbels terminal or leaf-opposed, compound, to 8–35 mm diam.; peduncle 1–3 cm long; rays 1–5, 2–12 mm long; bracts filiform, 2.5–13 mm long; umbellules 3–10-flowered; bracteoles filiform, to 3 mm long; pedicels 1.5–5 mm long. Petals white or light green. Fruit 1–1.5 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, often dark at maturity, sparsely tuberculate; mericarps ovoid, dorsal rib slightly raised, broad at mericarp junction. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Locally common across southern Victoria, mainly in heathland and heathy forests and woodlands, but apparently short-lived, and appearing reliably only after fire.

The proportion of lobed to simple leaves on a plant varies considerably, plants from East Gippsland usually having more lobed leaves than those of western Victoria.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-11
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Platysace heterophylla var. heterophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Platysace heterophylla var. heterophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales