Gentianella gunniana (L.G.Adams) Glenny

New Zealand J. Bot. 42: 519 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x)

Plants annual or biennial, flowering once (monocarpic); stems c. 10–35 cm high, unbranched or sparingly branched from the base; stem-base remaining slender. Basal leaves narrow-oblanceolate, petiolate, 1.5–3(–5) cm long, 3–7 mm wide, c. acute; stem leaves c. narrow-elliptic, sessile or subsessile, 1–2(–3) cm long, 4–7 mm wide. Terminal partial inflorescence (3–)7–11-flowered; pedicels 1–2(–6.5) cm long, up to 0.8 mm diam. when fresh; calyx-lobes subulate, 4–6(–7) mm long, acute, margins smooth to minutely papillose-serrate; corolla creamy-white or tinged violet, veins grey to violet or inconspicuous, tube 2–3 mm long, lobes to 10 mm long; anthers (1–)1.5–1.8(–2) mm long; ovary 5–8 mm long. Capsule to c. 20 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

Also SA, Tas. Apparently very rare (and possibly extinct) in Victoria where known from only 4 collections (Nelson, Ballarat and Melbourne areas), and only one of these since 1900 (between Nelson and the South Australian border, 1957).

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 Chionogentias gunniana L.G.Adams).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-09-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
genus Gentianella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gentianella gunniana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gentianella gunniana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain extinct native
Bridgewater extinct native
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct native

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South Australia