Gratiola pubescens R.Br.

Prodr. 435 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect to procumbent perennial herb 2.5–20 cm high, sessile glands overtopped, except for corolla and older growth, by finely glandular pubescence, sometimes with scattered flat eglandular hairs; branches in larger plants creeping and rooting towards base. Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, 0.7–2.6 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, base cuneate or stem-clasping, margins toothed. Flowers solitary in bract axils, sometimes only 1 at a node; pedicels 1–2.5 mm long; bracteoles 3–4.5 mm long. Sepals 3.5–6 mm long; corolla 10–12 mm long, white or pink-purple, with a yellow tube and a pale inner face of the limb, hirsute inside on the upper side; staminodes 2. Capsule broad-ovoid, 3.5–4.5 mm long; style c. 2 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MSB, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Scattered in Victoria south of the Great Dividing Range, occurring in permanently or seasonally damp or swampy ground and in shallow pools, in heavily shaded sites (e.g. Melaleuca scrubs) to open sites (grasslands, verges of dams etc.).

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
Hero image
Distribution map
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 pubescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gratiola pubescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Murray Scroll Belt 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
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales