Scientific Name:
Aphanes australiana (Rothm.) Rothm.

Very small, pilose, yellowish green herb, branched near base, 8–20–(30) mm high, ± decumbent to erect, sometimes almost stemless; stems slender, sparsely pilose; internodes visible or sometimes compacted and hidden by stipules and lvs. Lvs cauline, often much-reduced above; petiole 1–2 mm long and winged; blade up to 5 × 2–5 mm, 3-partite with each segment narrowly flabellate and deeply divided into 1–3, oblong, subacute lobes, with scattered hairs on both surfaces; stipules prominent, 3–4 mm long, adnate to petiole, divided into several triangular to lanceolate lobes. Infl. axillary, of small cymes, ± sessile, just projecting above investing stipules; fls usually ± sessile. Fr. 1.6–2 mm long; hypanthium ± cylindric, slightly flattened, usually not narrowed, rarely slightly narrowed below lobes, reddish brown, ribbed, with very short hairs; calyx teeth 0.5–0.7 mm long, triangular, ± spreading, glabrous or almost glabrous except for long marginal hairs; epicalyx usually minute, sometimes 0.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Nov.