Limosella australis R.Br.

Austral Mudwort

Prodr. 443 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Semi-aquatic small perennial herb, often stoloniferous. Leaves erect to ascending, usually 1–6 cm long, lamina not differentiated, or oblanceolate and up to 12 mm long and 1–3 mm wide, apex attenuate, base tapered. Pedicels slender, erect in flower, sometimes recurved, usually 8–25 mm long in fruit. Calyx 1.5–2 mm long, red-purple below sinuses between the teeth; corolla c. 2 mm long, white, lobes often purple externally; anthers black, with white pollen. Capsule broad-ellipsoid, 2.2–2.8 mm long, 1.8–2 mm diam., dark brown, sometimes recurved into mud, with curved caducous style 0.8–1.2 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Apr. (when exposed or sometimes when lower parts inundated).

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand, ?Europe. Widespread in fine silt of rockholes, drying lakes, dams etc., and permanent shallow swamps.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Limosella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Limosella australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Limosella australis 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory