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Family: Campanulaceae
Wahlenbergia luteola

Citation: P.J. Smith, sp. nov.

Synonymy: Wahlenbergia bicolor

Common name: None

Perennial tufted herbs with a fleshy rootstock, typically glabrous; stems 6-80 cm long, branching below the inflorescence; leaves opposite, becoming alternate up the stem, 4-60 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, linear, margins flat.

Inflorescence a terminal cyme; receptacle 3-7 mm long, elongated-obconical; sepals 5 or sometimes 6, 3-8.5 mm long, narrowly triangular, acute; corolla blue, sometimes pink or white, often with a yellowish-brown wash on the outside, campanulate; tube 2-5 mm long, cylindrical; lobes 5 or sometimes 6, 6-14 mm long, 2 or 3 times as long as the tube, narrowly elliptical; stamens 5 or sometimes 6; filaments c. 1.5 mm long, rhombic with protuberant shoulders; anthers c. 4 mm long; ovary 3-celled; style 4.5-9 mm long, 3-fid, sometimes contracted about halfway down, with 2 or 3 glands below each stigmatic cleft.

W. bicolor Loth., Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 71:230 (1947), nom. illegit.

image of FSA3_Wahlenbergia_lut.jpg Habit.
Image source: fig. 626c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Lothian (1947) Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 71:230, fig. 4 as W. bicolor.

Distribution:  A common species found in open disturbed sites, particularly roadsides.

S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE.   N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Holotype: N.S.W., 15 km from Glen Innes on road to Inverell, P.J. Smith 84, xii.1973 (NSW). Herbae caespitosae perennes caudice succulento, typice glabrae; caules 6-80 cm longi, ramosi infra inflorescentiam; folia opposita, alternantia secus caules, 4-60 mm longa, 1-4 mm lata, linearia, marginibus planis; inflorescentia cyma terminalis; receptaculum 3-7 mm longurn, elongatoobconicum; sepala 5 vel interdum 6, 3-8.5 mm long& anguste triangularia, acura; corolla caerulea, interdum rosea vel alba, saepe tincta luteotestacea extus, campanulata, tubo 2-5 mm longo, cylindrico, lobis 5 vel interalum 6, 6-14 mm longis, tubo 2-3plo longioribus, anguste ellipticis; stamina 5 vel interalum 6, filis c. 1.5 mm longis, rhombeis, humeris protuberantibus, antheris c. 4 mm longis; ovarium 3-loculatum, stylo 4.5-9 mm longo, 3-fido, interalum contracto ad circiter medium, glandibus 2, 3 infra fissuram stigmaticam; capsula 5-12 mm long, elongato-obconica. The epithet refers to the yellowish wash frequently found on the outside of the corolla.

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