Epilobium willisii P.H.Raven & Engel-horn

Carpet Willow-herb

New Zealand J. Bot. 9: 347 (1971) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Matted perennial herb, prostrate and rooting at the nodes, growing beyond flowering region; stems to 6 cm long, sparsely pubescent and with curved hairs in lines decurrent from leaf bases. Leaves crowded, mostly opposite, narrowly elliptic 0.5–1.5 cm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, glabrous, subsessile, margins with sparse, shallow teeth, apex acuminate, base tapering. Flowers with inside of hypanthium glabrous; sepals lanceolate, 2–3 mm long; petals purplish-pink, 3–4.5 mm long. Capsule 2–2.5 cm long, subglabrous to sparsely pubescent; pedicel 0.8–2 cm long; seeds 1–1.5 mm long, papillose, comose, with a pale cellular rim on adaxial side. Flowers mainly Dec.–Feb.

Also Tas. In Victoria confined to Lankeys Plain on the Dargo High Plains, occurring in moist depressions in grassland, but not noted in recent years. .

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 willisii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Epilobium willisii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct cultivated
Victorian Alps extinct native

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