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Purpletop at Merimbula, NSW

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Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017
Verbena bonariensis at Merimbula, NSW - 13 Nov 2017

Identification history

Other Wildflower Verbena bonariensis 19 Nov 2017 JackieMilesUltra Reporter - JackieMiles has reported over 500 sightings!
Other Wildflower Verbena bonariensis 18 Nov 2017 LizAllenUltra Reporter - LizAllen has reported over 500 sightings!

Author's notes

pink/purple ish tiny flower ,Neither Libby or I got flower in focus .

5 comments

   19 Nov 2017
Possibly. You need excellent closeups of the flowers showing the ratio of the corolla tube (purple) to the calyx (green, cupping the flower), and the glands, if present, to determine whether it is Verbena bonariensis or Verbena incompta.
   20 Nov 2017
Yeah, true. I could have confirmed it a bit hastily. But I think bonariensis is by far the most common species down here. I've had incompta confirmed by the RBG from Bemboka, and it does look subtly different in the field, though I can't put my finger on exactly what the difference is. I have flower photos of it but no leaves unfortunately.
   21 Nov 2017
That was what caught my eye. The shape of the flower head looked a bit funny. See http://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sighting/3383538
The key characters are: incompta - purple flower tube only slightly longer than the green calyx cupping it; calyx and flower stalk only occasionally with a few stalked glands.
Bonariensis - purple flower tube distinct and much longer than the green calyx; calyx and flower stalk distinctly glandular (sticky).
To complicate matters, Vicflora includes incompta in bonariensis.
   21 Nov 2017
That is a nasty complication. I have a bit of time to kill in Merimbula this arvo, so I might go and see if I can find the plant round the oval. And I am out at Bemboka on Saturday, so I'll chase up the incompta for some better photos as well. ALCW certainly keeps one on one's toes.
LizAllenUltra Reporter - LizAllen has reported over 500 sightings! wrote:
   23 Nov 2017
thank you Betty & Jacky ......it is lucky that i am slow at this ,am causing you all sorts of tricky id.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not sensitive
  • Exotic

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
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  • 13 Nov 2017 Recorded on
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