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Stylidium tepperanum

Citation: Mildbr., Pflanzenr. 4, 278:69 (1908).

Synonymy: Catidollea tepperiana F. Muell., Chem.& Drugg. Australas. 2:15 (1887).

Common name: Kangaroo Island trigger-plant.

Perennial up to 10 cm tall when flowering, with procumbent stems more or less branched and with dense tufted rosettes of leaves at the nodes and occasional adventitious roots, glabrous, the branches a reddish brown; leaves sessile, subulate, 5-9 x c. 1 mm, pointed but often wearing off, entire or with stout cilia or short serrations, convex above, with a swollen raised main vein and recurved margins below, glabrous.

Inflorescence a raceme-like thyrse with axillary monochasia reduced to single short-stalked flowers (subtended by 2 bracts), glandular-pubescent; peduncle 2-6 cm long, glandular-pubescent; bracts linear-triangular, 1-3 mm long; sepals connate into a minutely 2-lobed lip and 3 scarcely fused lobes, 2-3 mm long, glandular-pubescent; corolla with the tube shorter than the sepals, with 6 appendages in the throat, white to pink and with a red stripe on the reverse of the lobes; lobes oblanceolate with a rounded apex, subequal, paired laterally, glandular-pubescent outside; labellum oblong-oblanceolate without lobes; column pale with dark anthers; stigma oblong, cushion-like; ovary with numerous ovules along an elongate central placenta.

Capsule narrowly obconical, 5-7 mm long, dehiscing along almost the whole length; seeds ellipsoid, vertically ridged.

image of FSA3_Stylidium_tep.jpg Flowering plant.
Image source: fig. 640e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Often associated with limestone.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Nov., Dec.

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