Epilobium tasmanicum Hausskn.

Snow Willow-herb

Monogr. Epilobium 296, t. 20, fig. 84 (1884) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Matted perennial herb, prostrate and rooting at the nodes or with stem-tips ascending to c. 10 cm high; stems glabrous or with fine hairs in lines decurrent from leaf bases. Leaves crowded, opposite on lower stems, alternate near inflorescence, narrowly elliptic to elliptic, 0.5–2 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, glabrous, glossy, margins with sparse, shallow teeth, apex acute, base tapering; petiole 1–2 mm long. Flowers with inside of hypanthium glabrous; sepals lanceolate, 2–3 mm long; petals white, 3–5 mm long. Capsule 1–2 cm long, glabrous; pedicel 1–4 cm long; seeds 0.8–0.9 mm long, papillose, comose. Flowers mainly Dec.–Feb.

VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. In Victoria confined to alpine areas of the Bogong High Plains and nearby peaks where it grows in moist gravelly places especially in out-wash areas below areas of late-lying snow. .

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Epilobium tasmanicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epilobium tasmanicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales