Gentianella polysperes (L.G.Adams) Glenny

New Zealand J. Bot. 42: 519 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Plants annual or biennial, usually flowering once (monocarpic); stems c. 10–35 cm high, usually with several, often widely spreading branches (often candelabrum-like); stem-base remaining slender. Basal leaves oblanceolate to spathulate, petiolate, 2–4 cm long, 5–10 mm wide, obtuse to subacute; stem leaves narrow-oblanceolate, sessile to shortly petiolate, 1.5–3 cm long, 3–7 mm wide. Terminal partial inflorescence (1–)5–7(–9)-flowered; pedicels (1–)2–4(–7) cm long, up to 0.8 mm diam. when fresh; calyx-lobes subulate, 5–7(–9) mm long, acute, margins smooth to minutely papillose-serrate; corolla white or cream, veins grey to violet or inconspicuous, tube c. 4 mm long, lobes to 9 mm long; anthers c. 1.5 mm long; ovary c. 8 mm long. Capsule to c. 20 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.(–Jan.).

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Scattered through the State, usually in hilly country, e.g. Dandenong Ranges and foothills, Mt Sugarloaf, Mt Macedon (but apparently now rare at these localities), ascending to subalpine areas (e.g. Snowy Range, Mt Benambra, Mt Delusion) in the eastern ranges. Supposedly also collected from the Curdies River near Warnambool. Commonly occurring in light forest or woodland communities.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Gentianaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Chionogentias polysperes L.G.Adams).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
genus Gentianella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gentianella polysperes in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gentianella polysperes in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall 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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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory