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Thyridia repens (New Zealand Musk)

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Phrymaceae
Genus: Thyridia
Species: T. repens
Binomial name: Thyridia repens
Synonyms: Mimulus colensoi, Mimulus repens
Common names: New Zealand Musk, Creeping monkeyflower, Native musk, Maori musk, Native monkeyflower

Thyridia repens is a naturally uncommon, herbaceous, glabrous, prostrate succulent plant native to New Zealand’s North and South Islands and Australia. It is usually a coastal plant and is found growing as a low mat in locations in permanently damp soils of salt marshes and estuaries. It is the only species in the genus Thyridia.
The plant's dark green, brown-green to reddish-green leaves are broadly ovate and their surface is marked with dots. The margins are entire.
The flowers which are on short, ascending branches can be violet, light purple or white. They appear during September to February.

The white-flowered form.


The purple-flowered form.
 

The surface of the leaves at are marked with dots.


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