Haloragis heterophylla Brongn.

Varied Raspwort

in Duperrey, Voy. Monde 2: t. 68A (1834) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial herb 15–50 cm tall; rootstock deeply rhizomatous; stems 4-ribbed, with spreading uncinate hairs, rarely glabrous. Leaves more or less opposite below, alternate above, linear, trifid to pinnatifid, 1–3 cm long, scabrous, sessile; lower bracts leaf-like, upper bracts linear, 3–5 mm long, entire, scabrous; bracteoles linear, 0.3–0.6 mm long, entire, brown. Inflorescence 1–3-flowered; flowers more or less pendulous; pedicel c. 0.5 mm long; sepals 4, green, narrow-triangular, 0.8–1.5 mm long; petals 4, red, 2.2–3.2 mm long; stamens 8; ovary 4-celled, globular, 0.6–0.8 mm long, smooth, scabrous, styles 4, stigmas red. Fruit obpyriform, 1 or 2 per axil, 1.5–2.4 mm long, 1.3–1.8 mm diam., pendulous, 4-ribbed and angled, smooth at top, rugose in lower half, scabrous. Flowers Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Widespread in Victoria, mostly at lower altitudes, but montane to subalpine in the Cobungra-Omeo area, especially in moist areas near creeks and along drainage lines.

Intergrades somewhat with H. aspera, but can be distinguished from that species by its more slender habit, mostly trifid leaves and smaller, usually 4-angled fruit.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Haloragaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2019-03-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder [Saxifraganae]
order Saxifragales
family Haloragaceae
genus Haloragis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Haloragis heterophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Haloragis heterophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory