Stylidium despectum R.Br.

Small Triggerplant

Prodr. 571 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect ephemeral, to 12 cm high, simple or branched near base. Leaves few, scattered or sometimes gathered near the base but never rosetted, linear-lanceolate, 1–4 mm long, 1–3 mm wide. Flowers 3–6, shortly pedicellate in an irregular corymb. Calyx linear, c. 5 mm long, glandular-hairy, lobes shorter than the tube, subequal, 2 united almost to the tips; corolla 3–4 mm across, whitish to pale pink, usually darker toward lobe apices, lobes c. equal, paired vertically, c. oblong, blunt, labellum minute, ovate, pointed, throat appendages absent; column c. 1 mm long; anthers dark-rimmed, pollen whitish; stigma cushion-like. Capsule linear, c. 7 mm long; seeds c. 0.3 mm long, ellipsoid, dark brown, smooth to minutely ridged. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Except for the far north-west, widespread in Victoria in drying lowland swamps and margins of watercourses. In south-eastern Australia, Stylidium despectum often grows with S. beaugleholei and/or S. perpusillum.

Victorian plants previously assigned to S. inundatum are now referable to S. despectum. Stylidium inundatum is endemic in south-western Western Australia.

Source: Raulings, E.J. (1999). Stylidiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Stylidiaceae
genus Stylidium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stylidium despectum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stylidium despectum 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory