Australian Native Plants

  Thyridia repens (Creeping Monkey-flower)


Thyridia repens photo
Thyridia repens flowers

Photograph by Don & Betty Wood. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Thyridia repens photo
Thyridia repens flower

Photograph by Max Campbell. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Thyridia repens in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Creeping Monkey-flower

Other Names
Creeping Monkey-flower

Description
Creeping Monkey-flower is a small annual or perennial, non-hairy herb usually growing along the ground from rooting nodes and forming mats. The leaves are generally crowded and small 2-6 mm long, ovate with an acute or obtuse apex and a rounded base on very short stalks. Flowers arise singly from the leaf axils on short stalks. Flowers are blue, purple or pink with a white or yellow tube 5-10 mm long and a raised yellow palate on the lower lip of the corolla. Flowers mainly in spring and autumn. Fruit is a 5 mm long capsule.

Habitat
Generally occurs on clay soils on flats and drying lakes, sometimes in brackish situations.

Distribution
Creeping Monkey-flower is found in mainly in the southern half of Australia, in Victoria, South Australia., New South Wales, southern Queensland, Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.2
Spread (m): 1 - 2
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: purple
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Scrophulariaceae
Genus:Thyridia
Species:repens
Common Name:Creeping Monkey-flower