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Family: Campanulaceae
Wahlenbergia communis

Citation: Carolin, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 89:237 (1964).

Synonymy: Wahlenbergia capillaris

Common name: Tufted bluebell.

Perennial tufted herbs with a fleshy rootstock; typically glabrous; stems 5-75 cm long, branching below the inflorescence; leaves alternate, 4-80 mm long, 0.5-6 mm wide, linear throughout or the lowermost oblanceolate, margins flat or sometimes undulate.

Inflorescence a terminal cyme; receptacle 2-5 mm long, obconical or elongated-obconical; sepals 5, 2-6 mm long, narrowly triangular, acute; corolla blue or sometimes white, campanulate; tube 4-9 mm long, cylindrical; lobes 5, 6-13 mm long, less than twice as long as the tube, narrowly elliptical; stamens 5; filaments c. 1.5 mm long, rhombic with protuberant shoulders; anthers c. 4 mm long; ovary 3celled; style 4.5-9.5 mm long, 3-fid, uncontracted, with 2-5 glands below each stigmatic cleft.

Capsule 4-9 mm long, obconical or elongated-obconical.

image of FSA3_Wahlenbergia_com.jpg Flower and fruit with style.
Image source: fig. 627b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Rotherham et al. (1975) Flowers and plants of New South Wales and southern Queensland, fig. 514; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 627.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.: Vic.   New Guinea. A common species found in open disturbed sites, particularly roadsides.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year.

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