Aphelia pumilio

Dwarf Aphelia

Tiny tufted annual herb.

Additional information

  • FamilyCentrolepidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 mm high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesNarrow leaves to 20 mm long.
  • Flower colourPale green
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersErect, flattened spike-like flowerhead to 6 mm. 6-12 hairy primary bracts with tapering tips. 2 lowest bracts longer, 4-5 mm. Male flowers below, female above, both surrounded by secondary bracts.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsSeasonally wet areas or shallow water in moist heathy woodland. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useA tiny plant for water areas.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from a single location. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Related speciesDistinguished by a smaller spike, to 3 mm, turned to the side. The lowest primary bract is much longer.
Photographer/s: Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©

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