Stemodia florulenta W.R.Barker


J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 13: 90 (1990) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Faintly scented perennial herbs to more than 80 cm high, sometimes suckering, with erect branches, glabrous but for sessile glands and, rarely, tiny aculeate eglandular hairs on the branches and inflorescences. Basal leaves opposite, oblanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 1–5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, margins toothed, rarely c. entire; upper leaves sometimes alternate. Flowers 2 or 3 in axils of opposite or alternate leaf-like bracts (or flowers single and often with a leafy shoot in young inflorescences); pedicels usually 2–5 mm long, glabrous, usually glandular. Sepals 3–6 mm long, glabrous or with minute eglandular hairs and sessile glands; corolla 4–7 mm long, blue-purple, tube white at base, yellow apically, lower lips spreading, recurved. Capsule 3.5–5 mm long. Flowers mostly spring and summer.

GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. All mainland states. In Victoria, largely confined to the floodplain of the Murray River downstream of Cohuna area, but also fringing Lake Albacutya and temporary lakes of its overflow. Usually occurring on heavier loams or clays (sometimes saline) in temporarily inundated sites.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. 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 Lamiales
genus Stemodia
Higher taxa


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

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