Wahlenbergia Roth.

Native Bluebells

Commemorating Göran Wahlenberg (1780–1851), a Swedish botanist.

Annual or perennial herbs with a taproot, sometimes rhizomatous. Leaves alternate, opposite, or whorled, more or less stalkless, becoming smaller up the stem. Flowers terminal, bell- or wheel-shaped, solitary or cymose. Sepals mostly 5, persistent in fruit. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, with 2-5 chambers. Fruit a capsule.

Grown for the delicate blue or purple flowers.

Erect plants with delicate flowers; capsules splitting at the tip.

About 200 species, mostly from the southern hemisphere. Australia has 21 endemic species.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Campanulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Campanulaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Wahlenbergia gloriosa Lothian
species         Wahlenbergia stricta (R.Br.) Sweet