Broad-fruited Haloragis  |  

Haloragis platycarpa

Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list

The Broad-fruited Haloragis is a short-lived herb that grows to 30 cm tall. It has many branches and is hairless, apart from some single-celled transparent hairs. Stalkless leaves up to 45 mm long are arranged alternately along the stem. The leaves are lanceolate, with several large teeth towards the apex. Groups of one to three flowers are held in the upper axils, but only the central flower is functional. Each flower has four petals, up to 2 mm long, 8 stamens and four styles. The single fruit that develops in each axil is up to 2.5 mm long, and has a swollen, spongy covering. It has four compartments, four weak ribs, and is densely covered with minute, rounded projections.

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Haloragis platycarpa

    The main potential threats to Broad fruited Haloragis include severe weed invasion lack of winter rain soil disturbance fire and disturbance from heavy rain (CALM; 2005 TSSC; 2006a).