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

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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