Colobanthus apetalus var. apetalus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted herb to 5 cm high. Leaves (9.5–)11–36 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, usually with scattered hairs on margin, apex apiculate, 0.5–1.4 mm long, with flattened to rounded, sometimes obscure midrib. Peduncles 6.5–20 mm long in fruit, shorter than or same length as the leaves; sepals narrowly triangular, 2.5–3 mm long, c. equal to or just exceeding the capsule valves, apiculate. Capsule valves 2–3.2 mm long; seed c. 0.5–0.7 mm long. Flowers Jul.–Mar.

Brid, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. Mostly scattered along the coast, usually on sheltered dune slopes and in dune swales, but rarely common.

Plants from alpine areas that were previously included in this species are now regarded as a distinct species. See notes under C. curtisiae.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-10-04
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Colobanthus apetalus var. apetalus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Colobanthus apetalus var. apetalus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales