Stylidium despectum

Small Trigger-plant

Semi-aquatic erect ephemeral herb.

Additional information

  • SynonymStylidium inundatum, misapplication
  • FamilyStylidiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-140 mm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesFew narrow leaves, scattered up stem, 1-4 mm x 1-3 mm
  • Flower colourPale pink with white throat, darker towards tips
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • Flowers3-6 terminal, shortly stalked flowers on branches of flowering stem. Floral tube narrow, 4-9 mm long, calyx lobes shorter. Flower to 4 mm wide, petals paired, hinged column 1-2 mm long.
  • Bird attractingInsects
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist winter-wet soils in depressions and swamps. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useShort-lived herb for bog gardens or containers.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from two local sites. More common outside the Shire.
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