Plant of the Month — January 2017
Ornduffia parnassifolia (Labill.) Tippery & Les
Ornduffia parnassifolia is an emergent semi-aquatic plant found in swamps and seasonal wetlands from south of Bunbury to east of Esperance. The star-shaped, bright yellow flowers are produced at the end of long panicles periodically throughout the year.
Menyanthaceae is a cosmopolitan family consisting of five genera and mostly aquatic or semi-aquatic species found in rivers, lakes and wetlands. Ornduffia is a relatively newly recognised genus and includes species previously belonging to the genus Villarsia. The name honours Robert Ornduff, who contributed significantly to the knowledge of reproduction, ecology and evolution in the family.
Photo: R. Davis
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