Colobanthus affinis (Hook.) Hook.f.

Alpine Colobanth

Fl. Tasman. 1: 45 (1855) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted herb to 10 cm high, sometimes forming clumps to 9 cm diam. Leaves (18–)24–40 mm long, 0.5–1.3 mm wide, glabrous, apex apiculate, less than 0.5 mm long, midrib raised on underside. Peduncles (25–)30–60 mm long in fruit, exceeding the leaves; sepals broadly triangular, 2.5–3 mm long, shorter than the capsule valves, obtuse or sometimes with short apiculum. Capsule valves 4.2–5 mm long; seed c. 1–1.2 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

HFE, HNF, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. (including Macquarie Is.). New Zealand. Occurs chiefly in alpine grassland and open heathland above c. 1600 m, in peaty soils, with a disjunct record at c. 1000 m on the Errinundra Plateau. .

Source: West, J.G.; Cowley, K.J. (1996). Colobanthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Colobanthus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Colobanthus affinis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Colobanthus affinis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales