Scale bar: 1cm.

Variable Willow-herb - a native (Epilobium billardierianum ssp. cinereum)

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Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family).

Native of Australia.

Occurrence: Widespread and common. It often grows in weedy places such as gutters, nature strips and roadsides.


Similar species: The native Smooth Willow-herb (Epilobium billardierianum ssp. billardierianum) is similar but usually has broader leaves that have finer, more numerous (up to 20 per side) teeth. The introduced Hoary Willow-herb (Epilobium hirtigerum) has longer hairs, and has a greyish appearance.

Glandular Willow-herb (Epilobium ciliatum) is an annual weed of damp and well watered places. It often grows in nursery pots.

Photos: Variable Willow-herb
1. The flowers are at the ends of slender, stalk-like fruit. Castlemaine. Most of the leaves are in opposite pairs.
2. The fruit has opened to show the seeds with hair tufts. Forest Creek.
3. The fruit are finely hairy. Castlemaine.
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