Gentianella polysperes

Early Forest Gentian

Annual or biennial herb with several widely spreading erect branches.

Additional information

  • SynonymChionogentias polysperes, Gentianella aff. diemensis (Montane forests)
  • FamilyGentianaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-35 cm x 10-30 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesDark green basal rosette of stalked, spoon-shaped leaves 2-4 cm x 5-10 mm, stem leaves narrower, stalkless to 3 cm x 3-7 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite to cream with grey to violet veins
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersTerminal leafy cluster of 5-7 erect cup-shaped flowers, stalks 2-4 cm long, longest on upper flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in light open forests of foothills. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, semi-shade. May have disappeared from the Dandenong Ranges locations.
  • Garden useA short-lived attractive plant for containers in moist peaty soil.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites and disappearing, extinct in some sites. Scattered in the Eastern Highlands of Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 Marc Freestone, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©

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