Comesperma scoparium J.Drumm.

Broom Milkwort

J. Bot. (Hooker) 2: 369 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rigid, erect shrub to c. 80 cm high; stems grooved, minutely tuberculate, microscopically pubescent within grooves, otherwise glabrous. Leaves reduced to closely appressed, narrow-triangular scales c. 1–2 mm long. Flowers blue, sessile and solitary along upper parts of branches; sepals free, the outer 3 ovate, c. 2.5 mm long, wings broadly obovate, c. 5 mm long, keel pouched and pleated from near midway, c. 4 mm long; upper petals narrow-obovate, shortly exceeding keel and united with it to c. midway, yellowish. Capsule obovate, 5.5–6.5 mm long; seeds flattened-ellipsoid, c. 3 mm long, pubescent, with a linear, membranous basal appendage c. 2 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA, ?NSW. Rare in Victoria, confined to dune-mallee communities in the far north-west.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Polygalaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Polygalaceae
genus Comesperma
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales