Lawrencia spicata Hook.

Salt Lawrencia

Icon. Pl. 3: t. 262 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Slender, erect, glabrous, subfleshy herb to c. 120 cm high, 1–few-stemmed from base. Leaves and stems bright yellow-green; basal leaves ± rosetted, long-petiolate, lamina elliptic, 2–5 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, longitudinally 3–5-veined, margins crenate to serrate; lower stem leaves resembling basal leaves, floral leaves smaller (often below 1 cm) and sessile, with prominent stipules and less-toothed to entire margins. Inflorescence an erect spike, occupying c. one-third of the (usually simple) stem. Flowers bisexual, sessile or subsessile, solitary or paired in axils of floral leaves; calyx c. 5 mm long, 5-angled, 5-lobed from midway or below; petals free, oblong or narrowly ovate, equal to or slightly exceeding sepals, pale yellow; anthers 10–20; styles 5. Fruit c. trigonous-ovoid, 3 mm long; mericarps indehiscent, pointed at apex. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

DunT, EGL, GipP, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. An occasional component of saltmarsh communities along the coast, rare in saline depressions and around salt lakes of south-western Victoria (e.g. Polkommet near Horsham, Harrow district, Camperdown, Lake Corangamite).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Lawrencia. 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 Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Lawrencia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lawrencia spicata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lawrencia spicata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales