Stylidium graminifolium Sw.

Grass Triggerplant

Ges. Naturf. Fr. Berl. Mag. 1: 49 (1807)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, sometimes rhizomatous herb, with scapes c. 30–75 cm high. Leaves grass-like, tufted at base, c. erect, narrow-linear, 14–20(–40) cm long, 1–3 mm wide, usually glaucous, margins minutely and c. regularly serrate, thickened, sometimes recurved, apex aristate. Scapes increasingly glandular-pubescent from base to apex; flowers 10–25, in simple erect racemes. Calyx linear-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, lobes equal, shorter than tube, united into 2 lips; corolla c. 9 mm across, pale pink to deep lilac, lobes paired laterally, subequal, oblong, the posterior pair slightly narrower, labellum acute with short linear appendages, throat appendages 8 (6 prominent, 2 reduced), glandular; column c. 7 mm long; anthers dark-rimmed, pollen white; stigma oval, cushion-like. Capsule orbicular-oblong, 3–5 mm long; seeds c. 2 mm long, light brown. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Locally common in Victoria, in sandy or gravelly soils of heaths, woodlands and open-forests from near sea-level to lower montane areas.

Source: Raulings, E.J. (1999). Stylidiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Stylidiaceae
genus Stylidium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stylidium graminifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stylidium graminifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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