Epilobium pallidiflorum Sol. ex A.Cunn.

Showy Willow-herb

Ann. Nat. Hist. 3: 34 (1839) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial herb to over 1 m high, often with numerous leafy stolons from base; stems covered with dense curved or curled hairs that are rarely restricted to lines decurrent from leaf bases. Leaves usually opposite on lower stems, alternate near inflorescences, narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, 3–8 cm long, 4–10 mm wide, more or less sessile, with distinct widely spaced teeth mostly on distal margins, base cordate to almost auriculate. Inflorescences nodding. Flowers with a conspicuous ring of long hairs inside the hypanthium; sepals linear-lanceolate, 5–7 mm long; petals white or purplish-pink, 7.5–14 mm long. Capsule 4.5–9.5 cm long, with a close pubescence; pedicel 1–2 cm long; seeds 0.9–1 mm long, papillose, comose. Flowers mainly Oct.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Widespread but uncommon across higher rainfall parts of Victoria, mostly growing on banks of slow-flowing watercourses, and in swamps and marshes. .

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Onagraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Onagraceae
genus Epilobium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Epilobium pallidiflorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epilobium pallidiflorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory