Family: Haloragaceae (Raspwort family).
Native of Australia.
Occurrence: A widespread and very common bushland plant. It is also widespread and common along roadsides, native grasslands and in woodlands.
- it is a small wiry plant (to about 15 cm)
- the flowers are inconspicuous
- the leaves are in opposite pairs; in dry conditions the plant sheds leaves and may be almost leafless
- the leaves have small teeth and have stiff hairs, making the leaves feel rough.
Hill Raspwort is a taller plant which is common on some granite hillsides. Hill Raspwort has unpaired leaves.
2: Raspwort. Kalimna Castlemaine.
3: Maldon Grassland. The Raspwort clumps have a reddish tinge.
4: The leaves with small teeth and stiff hairs. Photo 4: Max Schlachter.