Glossostigma elatinoides

Small Mud-mat

Semi-aquatic to terrestrial perennial herb, rooting at nodes to form a mat. Leaves and calyx sparsely hairy.

Additional information

  • FamilyPhrymaceae (syn. Scrophulariaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate x 0.3-1 m
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesPairs of erect egg-shaped to elliptic leaves, broader towards tip, 3-16 mm x 1-3 mm. Whitish stalk to 10 mm.
  • Flower colourBlue
  • Flowering timeDecember to May
  • FlowersTiny 2-lipped flowers singly on long, erect stalks. Calyx 4-lobed, 2 lobes much larger.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMud or shallow water on edges of swamps or lakes and seasonally wet sites. Full sun. Very restricted distribution within the Shire although it may have been more extensive once.
  • Garden useCarpeting plant for beside pools and dams, stabilising clay banks.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from the Yarra Flats. Scattered throughout Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 Sue Guymer, NatureShare ©; 2-4 Neil Blair, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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