Australian Native Plants

  Mazus pumilio (Swamp Mazus)


Mazus pumilio photo
Swamp Mazus, Mazus pumilio. Plant with flower.

Photograph by Nadiatalent. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Mazus pumilio photo
Swamp Mazus, Mazus pumilio. Plant with flower bud.

Photograph by Nadiatalent. 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.



SWAMP MAZUS FACTS

distribution map showing range of Mazus pumilio in Australia

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


Common Name
Swamp Mazus

Description
Swamp Mazus is a small, perennial herb forming rosettes connected by rhizomes. Leaves bright green, obovate to spatula-like, 0.8-5.5 cm long and 2.5-18 mm wide with toothed or undulated margins on stalks 3-30 mm long.

Flowers in groups of 1-4, pale blue to purple, 7.5-12 mm long, well exceeding the 5 sepals (2.5-5.5 mm long). Flower a two-lipped tube with the lower and larger lip of 3 lobes and the upper lip shortly bifid. Fruit a capsule, 5-7 mm long.

Habitat
Swamps, damp heath-lands, damp shaded forests. Indicative of fresh-water environments.

Distribution
Native to eastern Australian and found in Victoria, south east of South Australia, eastern New South Wales, south east Queensland and Tasmania. Also found in New Zealand

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.1
Spread (m): 1
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 600
Flower Colour: purple
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Scrophulariaceae
Genus:Mazus
Species:pumilio
Common Name:Swamp Mazus