Centaurium tenuiflorum (Hoffmanns. & Link) Fritsch

Slender Centaury

in Janch., Mitt. Naturwiss. Vereins Univ. Wien. 5: 97 (1907) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual, mostly 15–40 cm high. Main stem(s) with 5–9 internodes below lowermost branch. Basal leaves not or hardly rosetted, usually withered at flowering. Stem leaves ovate to elliptic, to 25 mm long, 10 mm wide, smaller toward base, obtuse to subacute. Inflorescence typically a rather dense, corymbose dichasium with branches spreading from main axis at c. 15°–25°. Flowers sessile or with pedicels to c. 2 mm long; calyx-lobes 4–6 mm long; corolla magenta, tube 7–9 mm long, lobes 3–4.5 mm long; anthers mostly 1–1.2 mm long; ovary 6–8 mm long. Capsule c. 8–9 mm long; seeds 0.25–0.35 mm diam., reticulate, pale to reddish-brown. Flowers Nov.–Mar. (–May).

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Naturalized all States except NT. Native to western Europe and Mediterranean countries. Except for areas of extreme high or low rainfall, widespread and common almost throughout the State; often co-extensive with (and sometimes apparently hybridizing with) C. erythraea, but usually occurring in effectively drier sites.

Native to western Europe and Mediterranean countries.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Gentianaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
genus Centaurium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Centaurium tenuiflorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Centaurium tenuiflorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory