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Family: Goodeniaceae
Selliera radicans

Citation: Cav., Icon. 5:49, t. 474 (1799); Ann. Hist. Nat. Madrid 1:41, t. 5 (1799).

Synonymy: Goodenia radicans (Cav.)Pers., Syn. Pl. 1:195 (1805); S. herpystica Schldl., Linnaea 20:598 (1847); G. repens Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 53, t. 76 (1804); S. repens (Labill.)Vriese, Nat. Verh. Holl. Maats. Wet. Haarlem 2:162 (1854).

Common name: Selliera, swamp weed, tongue plant.

Prostrate perennial; stems stolon-like, creeping at or near the soil surface, terete, glabrous; leaves fascicled or solitary at each node, narrowly elliptic to spathulate, tapered into a long or short petiole at the base, 1-5 rarely to 10 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, glabrous, succulent, bright-green; peduncles 0.7-2.5 cm long; bracteoles linear, acute, 2-3 mm long, near the apex of the peduncle; sepals lanceolate, glabrous, 2-3 mm long; corolla 6-9 mm long, white inside, pale-purple outside, glabrous; lobes lanceolate-elliptic, acute, subequal, sometimes purplish-veined; style 3-5 mm long, purplish; ovary narrowly obovoid, c. 2.5 mm long.

Fruit ovoid, 4-5 mm long, indehiscent, more or less fleshy; seeds numerous, biconvex, orbicular, c. 1.8 mm diam., smooth, brown with a narrow white wing.

image of FSA3_Selliera_rad.jpg Habit, flower and idusium.
Image source: fig. 637 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 189.

Distribution:  Salt marshes and margins of streams near the coast.

  N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   New Zealand; Chile.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Nov. — March.

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