Levenhookia sonderi

Slender Stylewort

Slender ephemeral (short-lived) herb with green stems and leaves, unbranched or branched near base.

Additional information

  • FamilyStylidiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size2-6 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesFew scattered round glandular leaves 1-2 mm x 1-3 mm, shortly stalked, becoming stalkless up the stem.
  • Flower colourWhite or pink with purple labellum
  • Flowering timeAugust to December
  • FlowersCluster of 3-6 tubular flowers to 4 mm long at the end of the stem; 4 rounded petals, 5th petal modified into a hood-shaped labellum (lip) on a non-moving column which assists with pollination. Rounded calyx glandular-hairy.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsSeasonally moist depressions. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useUnlikely to survive in a garden situation because it its tiny size but worth trying in containers which are kept moist.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Endemic to Victoria.
  • Related speciesLevenhookia dubia may occur in or near the Shire. Its main distinguishing features are its red leaves and stems, white flowers with a yellow throat and pale pink labellum.
Photographer/s: 1 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©; 2 Jeff Jeanes, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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