Glossostigma cleistanthum W.R.Barker

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 15: 72 (1992) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Aquatic or terrestrial, ephemeral or short-lived perennial herb, sometimes mat-forming, glabrous. Leaves 4–20 mm long; lamina oblanceolate or oblong, 2–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, usually 0.3–1 times longer and 1–3 times broader than petiole, base gradually narrowed, sometimes reddish, midvein apparent on lower surface, sometimes obscure on drying; petiole 2–20 mm long, flat, whitish. Flowers cleistogamous; pedicels 0–0.5 mm long, elongating slightly (to c. 1 mm long) and down-turned into the substrate when in fruit. Calyx enlarging to 1.5–3 mm long in fruit; corolla rudimentary; stamens 2; stigmatic lobe narrow-elliptic. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

GipP, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, SnM, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. New Zealand. Apparently uncommon, but possibly overlooked, in Victoria. Collected from temporary pools on granite outcrops, clayey soils of the Murray River floodplain, and margins of subalpine bogs.

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: Neville Walsh, 2019-12-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Phrymaceae
genus Glossostigma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glossostigma cleistanthum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glossostigma cleistanthum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory