Neatostema apulum (L.) I.M.Johnst.

Hairy Sheepweed

J. Arnold Arbor. 34: 6 (1953) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual herb, 10–25 cm high, erect; branches 1–several, mostly from base, covered with a mixture of long, coarse, spreading, broad-based hairs and finer appressed hairs. Leaves hispid, apex acute; rosette leaves linear to linear-oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long, 2–4 mm wide; cauline leaves linear-lanceolate. Bracts as long as or longer than sepals. Sepals linear, 3–4 mm long, acute, elongating to c. 6 mm in fruit, hairy; corolla 4–5 mm long, with tufts of hairs in throat, yellow, lobes oblong to more or less square, c. 1 mm long, much shorter than tube; anthers c. 1 mm long. Mericarps 1.5–2 mm long, pale brown. Flowers mainly Oct.–Dec.

*LoM, *MuM, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean. In Victoria, currently known only from the Morkalla, Patchewollock and Pink Lakes areas of the Mallee where it has been found mostly on sandy soils.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Neatostema
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Neatostema apulum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Neatostema apulum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales