Stylidium tenerum (Stylidiaceae)

Stylidium tenerum

Tiny triggerplants never fail to fascinate me. I have seen some diminutive triggerplants in Tasmania but small as they may be, they incite big excitement. This little plant which I believe is Stylidium tenerum was scarcely 5 cm tall with flowers that were only a few millimetres wide. It was almost impossible to photograph. This plant was found just beside a small creek in Paluma, growing among sundews and ferns, giving me the impression that this might be an annual. Previously I had seen an equally diminutive mystery triggerplant in a similar habitat which had different looking flowers and leaf shape.

Stylidium tenerum
Closeup of flower. Note the shallow lobing of the petals

Stylidium tenerum
Basal leaves with an ovate shape

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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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