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Other WildflowerPhyla canescens

Lippia at Cooleman Ridge

Phyla canescens at Cooleman Ridge - 8 Feb 2019

Identification history

Other Wildflower Phyla canescens 19 Mar 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Other Wildflower Phyla canescens 8 Feb 2019 BettyDonWood
Other Wildflower Phyla nodiflora 8 Feb 2019 Mike
Unidentified 8 Feb 2019 nrivett

6 comments

Mike wrote:
   8 Feb 2019
Possibly Phyla canescens, previously P. nodiflora var. canescens, sold as P. nodiflora.
nrivett wrote:
   8 Feb 2019
Thank you
   8 Feb 2019
I had a lot of angst when I was writing the fact sheets fior these two, particularly when canescens is gazetted as General Biosecurity Duty (previously noxious weed) in NSW and nodiflora is not.
Here are my two draft fact sheets. I think I finally got it right.
https://apps.lucidcentral.org/plants_se_nsw/text/entities/phyla_canescens.htm
https://apps.lucidcentral.org/plants_se_nsw/text/entities/phyla_nodiflora.htm
Mike wrote:
   8 Feb 2019
Weeds of the South East has Phyla canescens with shorter leaves 1-3cm and also mentions calyx lobes as distinguishing between the two species.
   9 Feb 2019
I think they must have got that from Plantnet, which states that canescens leaves are up to 3 cm long and mentions calyx lobes as one of a number of distingushing features. I will add that to my fact sheets. Vicflora says the leaves can be up to 7.2 cm long, and Weeds of Australia Queensland Biosecurity Edition says the leaf length is 7.0 cmlong, though I suspect they copied that from Vicflora.
RWPurdie wrote:
   19 Mar 2019
I collected a herbarium specimen of Phyla from Coolamon Ridge on 19 Feb 2019, located at 35 21 01.7 S, 149 01 25.7 E. If this is from the same location it's definitely Phyla canescens; the calyx lobes being much shorter than the calyx tube is a good defining character.

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  • Exotic
  • Medium Weed or Pest

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