Stylidium perpusillum Hook.f.

Slender Triggerplant

London J. Bot. 6: 266 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect ephemeral to c. 4 cm high. Leaves few, rosetted, linear-ovate, 2–4 mm long, 1–2 mm wide. Flowers usually solitary. Calyx globose, c. 1 mm long, sparsely glandular-pubescent, lobes longer than the tube, one more deeply set than others; corolla c. 3 mm across, white, lobes paired vertically, oblong-oblanceolate, posterior pair each usually with a small basal lobe, slightly to distinctly shorter than anterior pair, labellum acute, petal-like, cupped, throat appendages absent; column c. 1 mm long; anthers pale, pollen golden; stigma fan-shaped and brush-tipped. Capsule globular, c. 2 mm long; seeds c. ellipsoid, c. 0.2 mm long, smooth. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Tas. Scattered in damp, lowland heaths or seasonal swamps, from lower Glenelg River area to Western Port (e.g. Quail Island) and an easterly outlier on Wilsons Promontory.

Source: Raulings, E.J. (1999). Stylidiaceae. 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 Asterales
family Stylidiaceae
genus Stylidium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stylidium perpusillum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stylidium perpusillum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain 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
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia