Wilsonia backhousei Hook.f.

Narrow-leaf Wilsonia

London J. Bot. 6: 275 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Subshrub with procumbent branches, to c. 15 cm tall, more or less glabrous. Leaves sessile, linear-lanceolate to linear-obovate, 5–15(–20) mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute, fleshy, glabrous. Flowers solitary; pedicels 0–1.5 mm long; calyx tubular, 5–7 mm long, teeth triangular, one-quarter to one-third the length of the tube, glabrous outside, pilose inside; corolla white, tube c. 10 mm long, lobes linear-ovate to linear-elliptic, 2–4 mm long, acute; stamens much exserted, filaments attached c. 1–1.5 mm below the throat; ovary 1- or 2-celled, stigmas ovoid. Capsule c. 3 mm long. Flowers mainly spring and summer.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, LoM, MuM, OtP, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Scattered across southern Victoria in coastal salt-marshes, and extending inland in the west of the state to the edges of salt lakes.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Convolvulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
genus Wilsonia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Wilsonia backhousei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Wilsonia backhousei 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
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales