Irenepharsus magicus Hewson

Fl. Australia 8 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect, to 80 cm high; stems glabrous. Leaves sparsely covered in shortly stalked, usually branched hairs; basal leaves not persistent, narrowly ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, tapering to petiole, toothed; upper-stem leaves similar, to 15 cm long, reducing. Sepals 2–3 mm long; petals c. 5 mm long. Fruit erect, 10–25 mm long (excluding style), 1.5–2 mm wide, glabrous; style c. 1–2 mm long; valves convex; pedicels erect to spreading, 5–11 mm long; seeds 1.2–1.5 mm long. Flowers summer.

EGU, HSF, MonT, SnM. Also NSW. Extremely restricted in Victoria, and known only from disturbed forest sites in the Omeo area.

Differs from most other Brassicaceae with beakless fruits in having branched hairs, seeds in 1 (or 2 indistinct) rows and small flowers with white petals. It is similar to the introduced Arabidopsis but in that species the midvein of the fruit is prominent all the way to the apex and the seeds are c. 0.5 mm long.

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.
Updated by: Frank Udovicic, 2014-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Irenepharsus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Irenepharsus magicus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Irenepharsus magicus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales