Stylidium capillare (Stylidiaceae)

Stylidium sp. (maybe)

This diminutive triggerplant was found in the savanna around Davies Creek and was barely just a few centimeners tall. It is very certainly an annual plant which grows in seeps during the wet season. It is hard to find much information about Stylidiums but the best I got to was Stylidium tenerum, but the petal lobes of my mystery species seems rather deep and the leaves don’t look right. Much later, Jill Newland from the Plants of Northeast Queensland website kindly identified the species for me. More on this if I get to encounter it again.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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2 Responses to Stylidium capillare (Stylidiaceae)

  1. Jill Newland says:

    Hi – our identification of this was Stylidium capillare – photos were sent to Doug Darnowski in the USA. We have found it in Cooktown, Peninsula Development Road & the Mareeba wetland.
    Our photos are at .
    The reference is
    Bean, A.R. (2000). “A revision of Stylidium subg. Andersonia (R.Br. ex G.Don) Mildbr. (Stylidiaceae)”. Austrobaileya 5 (4): 589–649. (p620)

    • David Tng says:

      Thanks Jill! You have solved a great mystery of mine. Thats a great website you’ve got and I’ll put it up on my links ASAP! Cheers.

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