Biennial herb to 50 cm high. Erect leafy stem often much-branching towards top, arising from small persistent rosette. Triangular leaves arranged oppositely to 4 cm long, decreasing in size up the stem. Multiple flat-faced flowers about 1 cm across, five pinkish-lavender petals, on stalks from stem and tangling with leaves. Fruit a cylindrical capsule.
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Erect herb with rosy five-petalled flowers that open only in fine weather and not after mid-day.
Naturalised through eastern Australia. Widespread, especially in pastures. Listed as threatened in Tas.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Prepared as medicinal tea for patients with gastric and liver diseases. A powerful antioxidant. The Aboriginal people in Tasmania used the leaves of Centurium spicatum for treatment of bilious headaches and haemorrhoids.
Similar to the native Schenkia australis (previously Centaurium australe) and many exmples of C. erythraea may actually be the native species.