Opercularia scabrida Schltdl.

Rough Stinkweed

Linnaea 20: 604 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending or erect herb or subshrub to 25 cm high, much-branched near base; branches somewhat quadrangular to terete, scabrous to shortly hairy. Leaves sessile, linear to narrow-oblanceolate, 8–30 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, apex acute and often uncinate, surfaces scabrous and often with scattered hairs particularly on the flat to slightly recurved margins. Inflorescences terminal 10–25-flowered spherical heads; peduncle 1–6 cm long, longer than subtending leaves. Flowers bisexual; calyx-lobes linear-triangular, 1–3 mm long, ciliate; corolla 2–3 mm long. Capsules dehiscing by a horizontal abscission layer; seeds compressed-ovoid, c. 1 mm long, transversely rugose. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA. In Victoria mainly scattered in the far west, with more easterly records for Anglesea and the Brisbane Ranges. Often in heathland, woodland or mallee scrub.

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, 2018-02-23
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Opercularia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Opercularia scabrida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Opercularia scabrida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales