Euphrasia collina

Common name: 

Purple Eyebright


(alternate family: Scrophulariaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland, Snowfields (BCDEGHJKMNPRSTVWZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sclerophyll forest or woodland, near-coastal heathland and swamps1

Flower description:

White to purple, blue or pink, sometimes with yellow blotches1


Perennial herb or subshrub 5-60 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This is a perennial herb with more than one main stem. The calyx and bracts are hair free or have hairs tipped with a gland and the corolla is white and does not have prominent lines1

Image of Euphrasia collina
Image of Euphrasia collina Image: Alison Kellow
Image of Euphrasia collina Image: Alison Kellow
Conservation status:

Some subspecies are rare, vulnerable, endangered or presumed extinct


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria