Hybanthus vernonii subsp. vernonii

Erect Violet

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Herb, to 1 m tall, glabrous. Leaves mostly lanceolate, the upper ones usually linear, 0.5–4.5 cm long; stipules linear, c. 0.5 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary. Sepals lanceolate, 1.5–5 mm long, green; petals blue-mauve, lower petal ovate, 9–16 mm long, upper pair broadly oblong, lateral petals narrowly oblong. Capsule 6–8 cm long; seeds globose, c. 2.5 mm diam., smooth, with a prominent pale caruncle c. 1 mm long.  Flowers Jun.–Oct.

EGL, EGU, GipP. Also NSW. Restricted in Victoria to near-coastal heaths and damp depressions east from near Marlo. A herbarium specimen labelled ‘Dandenong’ (collected 1900) is presumably in error.

Subsp. scaber from New South Wales has scabrous stems and leaves, and all leaves lanceolate, obovate or sometimes tricuspidate.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Hybanthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Violaceae
genus Hybanthus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hybanthus vernonii subsp. vernonii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hybanthus vernonii subsp. vernonii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory