|Swamp Mazus photos|
|Scientific Name:||Mazus pumilio|
Swamp Mazus plants
Photo: A J Brown
Native to eastern Australian and New Zealand.
Small, perennial herb forming rosettes connected by rhizomes. Leaves bright green, obovate to spatula-like, 0.8-5.5 cm long and 2.5-18 mm wide with toothed or undulated margins on stalks 3-30 mm long.
Flowers in groups of 1-4, pale blue to purple, 7.5-12 mm long, well exceeding the 5 sepals (2.5-5.5 mm long). Flower a two-lipped tube with the lower and larger lip of 3 lobes and the upper lip shortly bifid. Fruit a capsule, 5-7 mm long.
Swamps, damp heath-lands, damp shaded forests. Indicative of fresh-water environments.