Gratiola nana Benth.

Matted Brooklime

in DC., Prodr. 10: 404 (1846) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate mat-forming perennial, rooting at nodes, with sessile glands obscure or sporadically with golden heads, otherwise mainly on the rachis; pedicels and sepals glabrous or sparsely to moderately finely glandular-hairy. Leaves elliptic to narrow-oblong, 0.2–1.1 cm long, 1–3 mm wide, base cuneate, margins more or less entire, sessile. Flowers single in bract axils; bracteoles 0.5–4 mm long. Sepals 3–5 mm long; corolla 7–12 mm long, tube green-yellow, dark-striped, the lobes pink or whitish; staminodes usually 2. Capsule broad-ovoid, 3.5–5 mm long; style c. 2–2.5 mm long. Flowers summer.

GGr, SnM, VAlp, WaP. Also NSW, Tas. Restricted in Victoria to shallow pools and depressions in grassland or on margins of wet heathland communities in eastern alps and subalps (e.g. Snowy Range, Dargo High Plains, Nunniong Plateau, Cobberas Mountains). Pre-1900 collections were supposedly made at the Grampians and Curdies River in the west.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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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 nana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gratiola nana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory