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Wild Flowers of Central Australia
Australian Bluebell
Wahlenbergia gracilis

Belonging to the Bluebell family Campanulaceae, The Australian bluebell belongs to the genus Wahlenbergia, that includes both annuals and perennials.

With several species in Central Australia / Northern Territory, the bluebells are distinguished by the leaves (lower leaves being alternate or opposite), the size and shape of the flower petals, and the shape of the seed pod.

The main leaves are found at the base of the plant, whilst the flowers appear on erect stems, that can also be branched. The bell shaped flower has 5 petals. The stamens are free and the style can be 2, 3 or 5 branches.

Wild Flowers in Central Australia

Australian Bluebell

The following is W.gracilis (Australian bluebell), a perennial which grows in tufts. Hairless or sparsely haired, the leaves are alternate, whilst the blue flower appears on erect stems, that can be anywhere between 10 to 50 cm tall. The style has 3 ends. These photos were taken during September, along the Tanami Road, north of Alice Springs.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

Australian Bluebell (Wahlenbergia gracilis) - Wild flowers of Central Australia.

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The following is from the Olive Pink Collection. Water colour on paper sketched by Olive Pink, Northern Territory. Identified by Olive Pink as Wahlenbergia gracilis.

Miss Pink's Wildflowers, University Librarian, University of Tasmania.
Wahlenbergia gracilis - Miss Pink's Wildflowers, University Librarian © University of Tasmania.
University Librarian © University of Tasmania
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