Stylidium alsinoides (Stylidiaceae)

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The range of lifeforms/ecological strategy in the genus Stylidium is quite impressive, given that the genus seems to be constrained to being herbs and most people familiar with Stylidiums will think of them as little rosette herbs with a basal rosette of leaves.

But Stylidium alsinoides is quite different.

It is a small fleshy herb with leaves up a stem. I suspect it is trying to imitate some kind of a native Pimpernel (Lindernia spp.). Or could there be some kind of ecological convergence going on?

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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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