Schenkia australis (R.Br.) G.Mans.

Taxon 53: 725 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or ascending annual, 4–40 cm high, often greyish. Main stem(s) with 3–5 internodes below lowermost branch. Basal leaves present or absent, oblanceolate, obovate or elliptic, 10–25(–40) mm long, 3–6(–15) mm wide, usually smaller toward and within inflorescence. Inflorescence spike-like, simple or branched (sometimes reduced to a single flower), usually leafy throughout. Flowers sessile (rarely shortly pedicellate) between paired floral leaves; calyx-lobes 5–6 mm long; corolla pink or magenta (rarely white), tube 6–10 mm long, lobes 2.5–3.5(–5) mm long; anthers 1.5–2.5 mm long; ovary 4–7 mm long. Capsule c. 8–10 mm long; seeds c. 0.3 mm diam., alveolate, blackish. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim, *EGL, *WaP. Widespread but scattered through most of State, common on heavy soils around lakes (often saline), seasonally inundated ground and some near-coastal areas.

A variable species in need of revision. Victorian (and Australian) occurrences may represent plants of both indigenous and introduced heritage. Apparent hybrids with Centaurium erythraea have been noted where both species are present.

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 Centaurium spicatum (L.) Fritsch ex Janch.).
Updated by: Frank Udovicic, 2014-10-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
genus Schenkia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Schenkia australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Schenkia australis 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 Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
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 introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
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