Stylidium montanum Raulings & Ladiges

Australian Systematic Botany 14: 926 (2001) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial, sometimes rhizomatous herb, with scapes c. 10–45 cm high. Leaves tufted at base, widely spreading to suberect, linear to narrowly oblanceolate (juvenile leaves often linear), 4–15 cm long, c. 3–5(–7) mm wide, pale to mid-green, not bifurrowed; margins membranous with serrations, serrated at apex only, or entire; apex acute to aristate. Scape less than 2 mm wide, sparsely glandular-pubescent above lowest flower, glabrescent below; flowers 7–20 in simple erect, c. flexuose racemes. Calyx subcylindric, c. 5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, lobes equal, shorter than tube, united into two lips; corolla c. 7–10(–12) mm across, dark pink to magenta, lobes paired laterally, unequal, labellum acute with linear appendages as long as labellum, throat appendages 8 (6 prominent, 2 reduced), white with purple tips; column (6–)8–9 mm long; anthers dark-rimmed, pollen white; stigma round, cushion-like. Capsule c. oblong, c. 7 mm long; seeds c. 1 mm long, brown. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

HNF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Restricted to subalpine and alpine grasslands, woodlands and swamps, where locally common on dark, water-retentive soils (e.g. Mt Buffalo, Snowy Range, Dargo and Bogong High Plains, Nunniong Plateau, Mt Cobberas area).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Stylidiaceae
genus Stylidium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stylidium montanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stylidium montanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory