Sebaea ovata (Labill.) R.Br.

Yellow Sebaea

Prodr. 452 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect herb, 5–30 cm high; stem usually simple below inflorescence. Leaves broadly ovate, 3–12 mm long, 2–10 mm wide. Flowers in sparse to mid-dense cymes; bracts leaf-like or narrower; pedicels 1–3(–8) mm long (or the uppermost flowers sessile). Flowers 5-partite; calyx 4–5 mm long, lobes lanceolate, acute, margins broadly membranous; corolla lemon-yellow, tube sub-equal to the calyx, membranous, slightly constricted above ovary, lobes ovate, 1.5–3 mm long; stamens subequal to corolla-tube; style c. 0.5 mm long, stigmas c. 0.7 mm long. Capsule ovoid, subequal to calyx; seeds c. cuboid or obloid, truncate, c. 0.3 mm long, narrowly ridged or winged. Flowers Oct.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Widespread but rarely abundant across southern and central Victoria, with disjunct occurrences in and near Wyperfeld National Park. Occurs mostly in light forest, usually on seasonally wet, sandy or gravelly soils, but also in drier, recently burnt sites.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Gentianaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Gentianaceae
genus Sebaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sebaea ovata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sebaea ovata 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
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
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