Sisyrinchium pulchellum

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Sisyrinchium pulchellum


Glabrous herb, 10-35 cm high. Leaves cauline, distichous, linear, 4-22 cm by 1-10 mm. Inflorescences in 1-2-flowered, contracted cymes, a few at a cauline leaf, each cyme with 1 spathe: Flowers c. 5 mm long. Stamens nearly free, filaments c. 4 mm, anthers 1 mm long. Ovary ellipsoid, c. 1 mm long; Capsules globular, 2-5 mm ø; Seeds black, 1 mm ø.


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Australasia: New South Wales (New South Wales present); Tasmania (Tasmania present); Victoria (Victoria present), East Malesia present, Lake Habbema area present, Mt Antares present, New Zealand present
New Zealand, Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania), and East Malesia: New Guinea (Lake Habbema area and Mt Antares in West, many localities in East). .


MOORE (l.c. 255-275) studied the variation in New Zealand and distinguished three species among which are two polyploids.


GEERINCK 1974 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. p 59
STEEN. 1934 – In: Bull. Jard. Bot. Btzg. p 220
LANE-POOLE 1925: For. Res. p 77
HOOGL. 1958 – In: Blumea. p 235
L. MOORE 1967 – In: New Zeal. J. Bot. p 267
F.V.M. 1889 – In: Trans. R. Soc. Victoria. p 34
BALGOOY 1966 – In: Pac. Pl. Areas. p 286
LAUT. 1929 – In: Bot. Jahrb. p 462