Gratiola pumilo F.Muell.

Linnaea 25: 431 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, rarely decumbent perennial herb 4–18 cm high, sessile glands obscure, otherwise glabrous or on all parts but the corolla with scattered, minute to coarse hairs, some possibly eglandular; branches erect to shortly prostrate and possibly rooting near base. Leaves narrow-ovate to -elliptic, 0.5–2.5 cm long, 3–7 mm wide, base cuneate to stem-clasping, margins toothed to entire. Flowers single in bract axils, sometimes only 1 at a node; pedicels 0.5–7(–9) mm long; bracteoles 1.5–4.5 mm long. Sepals unequal, 2–5.5 mm long; corolla to 7–9 mm long, white, sparsely hairy; staminodes 2. Capsule broad-ovoid, 2.7–6 mm long; style 1.3–2 mm long. Flowers summer.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Mainly confined in Victoria to the north and west of the State, on damp and drying mud beside lakes and watercourses and seasonally inundated depressions, but also with a few isolated records to the south and east (e.g. Pomborneit near Camperdown, shores of Lake Eildon, upper Snowy River).

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-03-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Gratiola
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gratiola pumilo in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gratiola pumilo in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory