Stenopetalum velutinum F.Muell.

Velvet Thread-petal

Pl.. Victoria 1: 49 (1862) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Annual herb or woody at base, to 65 cm high, densely covered with appressed, irregularly branched hairs. Basal leaves lanceolate, to 7 cm long, entire or with a few teeth; stem leaves lanceolate to linear, to 7 cm long. Sepals 3–5 mm long; petals 6–20 mm long, yellow-green to brown, claw linear, lamina elliptic with long slender apex. Fruit subglobose to oblong or obovoid, 5–8 mm long, 3–4 mm wide; pedicels appressed, erect or slightly spreading, 2–10 mm long. Flowers spring.

MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Known from a few collections from Wimmera region in the nineteenth century but now apparently very rare in Victoria, known only from a 1981 collection from Mildura and a 2003 report from the Big Desert (Cheal 2010).

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-06

Cheal, D. (2010). Velvet Thread-petal Stenopetalum velutinum rediscovery in Victoria, The Victorian Naturalist 127(1): 19-22.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Stenopetalum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stenopetalum velutinum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stenopetalum velutinum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales