Wahlenbergia gracilis (G.Forst.) A.DC.

Sprawling Bluebell

Monogr. Campan. 142 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted perennial, few-many-stemmed from a thickened taproot, glabrous, or shortly and sparsely hirsute near base; stems erect, ascending or sprawling, 10–80(–100) cm long, usually many-branched, usually leafy throughout; leaves alternate or opposite for a few pairs near base, obovate (usually near base) to linear (above), 3–70 mm long, 1–10 mm wide; margins of broader leaves commonly with small callus-teeth, others usually entire. Hypanthium obconical to obovoid, 1–3 mm long, glabrous; calyx-lobes erect, narrow-triangular, 1–3 mm long, glabrous; corolla campanulate, pale blue, tube 1–4.5 mm long, from shorter to longer than calyx-lobes, lobes elliptic to obovate, 1.5–6 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, acute; style 1.5–6.5 mm long, not or indistinctly constricted near midway, lobes (2–)3, linear. Capsule obconical to obovoid, 2.5–7 mm long, 1.5–3.5 mm wide. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All States except WA. New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia. Except for mallee areas, northern plains and the alps, a common and widespread species, often occurring in disturbed sites, and sometimes weedy in gardens, nurseries, footpaths etc. Probably more widespread than mapped records (from MEL specimens) indicate.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Wahlenbergia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Campanulaceae
genus Wahlenbergia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Wahlenbergia gracilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Wahlenbergia gracilis 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 Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains 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
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
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