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Tree Trigger-plant

Stylidium laricifolium

Description:

Stylidium laricifolium, commonly known as the "larch-leaf, tree trigger-plant, or giant trigger-plant", is a member of the family Stylidiaceae. It is endemic to Australia and is found primarily on the east coast from Queensland through Victoria. This specimen was about 30 cm high, but it can grow up to 1.5 metres tall in a bushy form. Flowering in the spring, S. laricifolium displays inflorescences consisting of ten to thirty pink flowers. Each flower is about 10 mm wide and 4 mm deep. The species name, laricifolium refers to the long, narrow leaves, which resemble the leaf form of the genus Larix, the larches. One of the characteristics I love about this plant is that it's so soft to touch. I have yet to see it in flower.

Habitat:

Spotted at the edge of a massive granite outcrop, surrounded by dry sclerophyll forest along the Peak Trail in Girraween National Park. Sandy granite soils, substantial undergrowth and accumulated leaf litter, and foliage much greener and lush since the drought has broken. Here's some park info - http://www.rymich.com/girraween/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girraween_...

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 7, 2020
Submitted on Mar 28, 2020

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