Leptostigma reptans (F.Muell.) Fosberg

Dwarf Nertera

Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 33: 82 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, often mat-forming herb; stems to c. 40 cm long, often rooting at nodes, sparsely to moderately covered with antrorse hairs. Leaves ovate to broad-ovate, mostly 5–17 mm long and 2–9 mm wide, broadly acute to obtuse, upper surface with sparse to moderately dense, spreading hairs, margins flat; petiole 1–3 mm long; stipules with 1–3 glandular teeth, margins ciliate. Flowers sessile to subsessile; calyx a 2-lobed collar, lobes narrow-triangular, 0.5–1 mm long; corolla narrowly funnel-shaped, 7–12 mm long, greenish-cream, lobes 1–1,.5 mm long; anthers 1.8–3 mm long; stigmas to 15 mm long; ovary virtually glabrous except near summit. Drupe broad-ellipsoid, 2–3 mm long, somewhat fleshy, crowned by persistent calyx-lobes. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HFE, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread in moist shady forests of southern Victoria, from near the SA border to the far east, mostly in tall forests, but occurring also in wet scrub and heath in the west, e.g. near Apollo Bay, Blanket Bay, Port Campbell, Portland area.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-09-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Leptostigma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptostigma reptans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptostigma reptans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern 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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales