Verbena officinalis var. monticola Munir

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 20: 86 (2002) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Stem and branches puberulous or almost glabrous when old, somewhat purplish. Lower leaves dentate to deeply lobed, segments to 25 mm long, acute or obtuse, sparsely pubescent with closely appressed hairs and becoming glabrescent adaxially; upper leaves entire to pinnatisect, elliptic or narrow-elliptic in outline. Inflorescence with abundant glandular hairs, eglandular hairs absent or occasional. Flowers distant in lower part, both sessile and with short pedicels; pedicels 0.5-1.5 mm long, glandular; bracts ovate, up to half the length of the calyx, glandular and puberulous abaxially, glabrous adaxially, ciliate along the margins. Calyx glandular and pubescent outside, glabrous inside. Corolla glabrous to glabrescent outside, somewhat broader near the top. Flowers Nov.– Feb

EGL, HSF, VAlp, VRiv. Also ? NSW. Known only from a few collections from Mount Buffalo, Mt Evelyn, Milawa and Orbost. On Mount Buffalo, the type locality, it grows in a roadside depression in montane forest on a granitic slope.

Verbena officinalis var. monticola and Verbena officinalis var. gaudichaudii appear to be the only Verbena taxa that are likely to be native to Australia.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-07-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Verbenaceae
genus Verbena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Verbena officinalis var. monticola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Verbena officinalis var. monticola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present uncertain
East Gippsland Lowlands present uncertain
Highlands-Southern Fall present uncertain
Victorian Alps present uncertain

State distribution

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New South Wales