Gratiola peruviana L.

Austral Brooklime

Sp. Pl. 17 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to erect perennial 10–30(–50) cm high, sessile glands obscure, otherwise glabrous or with sparse, rarely dense, coarse eglandular hairs on stems and leaves; branches often rooting at base. Leaves usually ovate to almost elliptic, usually 1.5–4.5 cm long, 6–27 mm wide (rarely to only 1 cm long and 4 mm wide), base stem-clasping, margins toothed. Flowers single in bract axils; pedicels 1–12 mm long; bracteoles 3–6 mm long. Sepals 3–6 mm long, lengthening to 8–10 mm in fruit; corolla 6–12 mm long, pink with red-purple striations, pubescent on the upper side of tube inside; staminodes 2. Capsule broad-ovoid, 4.5–7 mm long; style 1.8–3.5 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. South America. Widespread in Victoria, growing in silt and mud of swamps, stream banks, and in shallow, still or flowing water.

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
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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 peruviana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gratiola peruviana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina 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
Northern Inland Slopes 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory