Epilobium hirtigerum A.Cunn.

Hairy Willow-herb

Ann. Nat. Hist. 3: 33 (1839) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect perennial herb 20–140 cm high, with numerous leafy stolons from base; stems exfoliating and often woody near base, covered with dense, long, spreading hairs and usually also with erect and glandular hairs. Leaves usually alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5–8 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, sessile, margins sometimes undulate with distinct sparse teeth, often on distal parts only. Flowers with a conspicuous ring of long hairs inside the hypanthium; sepals linear to linear-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long; petals white or purplish-pink, 3–8 mm long. Capsule 3.5–6 cm long, densely pubescent, with a mixture of long spreading hairs and short glandular hairs; pedicel to 1.5 cm long; seeds 0.9–1.1 mm long, papillose, comose. Flowers mainly Oct.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand, Indonesia, South America. Widespread throughout much of Victoria, weedy and invasive in urban areas and along roadsides. .

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 hirtigerum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epilobium hirtigerum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain 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
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
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