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Schenkia australis

Spiked Centaury

Erect, often greyish, annual herb, branching above 3rd to 5th pair of leaves.

Additional information

  • SynonymCentaurium spicatum
  • FamilyGentianaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size4-40 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesStalkless pairs of lance-shaped to elliptic leaves, broader towards tip, 10-25 mm x 3-6 mm, decreasing in size towards and within flower head. If present, basal rosette withers early.
  • Flower colourPink to magenta
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersSimple or branched leafy spike of small tubular flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet, seasonally inundated soils and wet verges of water areas. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden usePlant in drifts in bog areas and edges of pools and dams.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. Scattered throughout Victoria.
  • Related speciesOften confused with an introduced species, Centaurium erythraea or Common Centaury, which is very common. It is biennial and has a prominent basal leaf rosette at flowering. Flowers are carried on paired branches. Some occurrences of Spiked Centaury may also be introduced.
Photographer/s: Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©

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