Damasonium minus (R.Br.) Buchenau

Star Fruit

Abh. Naturwiss. Vereine Bremen 2: 20 (1868) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves 1.5–10 cm long, 0.1–4 cm wide; young leaves and the leaves of depauperate plants are often linear. Pedicel slender, ascending to spreading, 0.5–1 cm long, enlarging in fruit. Outer perianth green; inner perianth white or very pale pink. Aggregate fruit with each follicle 5–6 mm long, all united basally reminiscent of the spokes of a wheel. Flowers throughout year, particularly Oct.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All states. Occurs in freshwater lakes and swampy areas, in shallow water. .

This species varies enormously in habit and size. Greatly reduced individuals are annuals, less than 15 cm high, with lamina less than 2 cm long and often less than 0.5 cm wide, and the inflorescence is few-flowered.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Alismataceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Alismataceae
genus Damasonium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Damasonium minus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Damasonium minus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales