Phlegmatospermum eremaeum (J.M.Black) E.A.Shaw

Contr. Gray Herb. 205: 151 (1974) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Plant slender, prostrate to spreading (rarely erect), hairs bifid, appressed; stems 2–10(–20) cm long. Basal leaves in rosette, petiolate, obovate, tapered at base, to 4 cm long, pinnately lobed or scalloped, rarely entire; stem leaves obovate, to 2 cm long, toothed. Inflorescence a dense raceme. Sepals 1–2 mm long, sometimes with purple borders; petals 2–3 mm long, white, sometimes with purple bases and veins; stigma flat, not capitate. Fruit elliptic, 5–7 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, apex slightly notched; valves not winged, often with hairs on tuberculate bases; pedicels c. 2 mm long; seeds 5–7 per locule. Flowers winter–spring.

MuM. Also WA, SA. Rare plant of open mallee on calcareous clay or loam in north-west of State.

This small, mostly prostrate plant has distinctive bifid hairs on stems and leaves.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. 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 Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Phlegmatospermum eremaeum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Phlegmatospermum eremaeum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales