Plagiobothrys elachanthus (F.Muell.) I.M.Johnst.

Hairy Forget-me-not

Contr. Gray Herb. 81: 78 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to procumbent, branches spreading from base, to c. 20 cm long. Leaves linear to linear-oblanceolate, mostly 1–4 cm long, 0.5–3 mm wide, apex acute to rounded, base cuneate, margins flat, sparsely to moderately covered with antrorsely appressed, sometimes broad-based hairs. Bracts longer than sepals at anthesis. Flowers on pedicels to c. 2 mm long; sepals 5, linear-lanceolate, initially c. 2 mm long, acute, antrorse-hairy, scarcely connate at base, elongating to c. 4 mm, becoming tough, erect and loosely sheathing the ripening mericarps; corolla to c. 2 mm long, glabrous, white, tube much longer than lobes; anthers narrow-ovoid, c. 0.4 mm long; ovary 4-lobed, style 0.5–1 mm long. Mericarps 4, 1–2 mm long, smooth, coarsely and irregularly reticulate, glossy, silver-grey to brownish. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Mainly confined in Victoria to drier inland areas north of the Great Dividing Range, with an isolated southern record for Lara near Geelong. Found in moist depressions or along the edges of lakes and claypans.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plagiobothrys elachanthus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plagiobothrys elachanthus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales