Phyla nodiflora var. minor (Hook.) N.O'Leary & Mulgura

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 98: 589 (2011) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems much-branched, usually 30–90 cm long, with slender procumbent or ascending flowering branches, hoary with closely appressed hairs or nearly glabrous. Leaves obovate, spathulate, narrowly ovate or elliptic, more or less fleshy, 1–7.2 cm long, 0.4–2.5 cm wide, minutely puberulent or glabrous, margin coarsely toothed in distal half; petiole 1–8 mm long. Inflorescence with peduncles axillary, but only 1 to each pair of leaves, 1–11 cm long, spikes 1–2.5 cm long at maturity, many-flowered. Calyx shorter than bract, deeply 2-cleft, slightly 2-keeled, c. 1.5 mm long; corolla purple or pink to white, limb at first white, afterwards lilac with a darker dot, 2–2.5 mm across, the lower lip twice as long as the upper one and c. half as long as tube. Fruit c. 2 mm long. Flowers mostly Oct.–Apr.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Sometimes grown as a lawn substitute in domestic gardens, parks etc., and naturalised in areas prone to inundation or receiving regular water as runoff etc. (e.g. road verges, streamsides, lake margins). Chiefly in the north-west, but long established at Williamstown.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Verbenaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Phyla canescens (Kunth) Greene).
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-10-14
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phyla nodiflora var. minor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phyla nodiflora var. minor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory