Euphrasia bowdeniae is a semi-parasitic, short-lived, perennial herb, that can grow up to 22 cm in height, but are most usually less than 20 cm tall. The species has mauve, purple or violet flowers with deeper markings in the throat. Flower racemes are usually comprised of four to ten individual flowers, though groups up to 20 have been recorded. Stems are often reddish in colour and leaves are glossy green to reddish, elliptic to obovate and usually have a single pair of teeth on the margin 4-7.5 mm long and to 3.2 mm wide. The species is known to have rootlets that can be connected to those of other plants. The fruit forms a capsule around 5 mm long with 3-16 mm small, ribbed seeds.
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Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Euphrasia bowdeniae
The species response to fire is not known; but it is suspected to be fire sensitive (NSW NPWS; 2000).
Fire frequency for the species should be no more than once every seven years (NSW RFS; 2004).
Threats The main identified threats to the species are recreational pressures and wildfires during times of drought (NSW NPWS; 2000 DECC; 2005a).