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Family: Goodeniaceae
Lechenaultia divaricata

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 3:33 (1862).

Synonymy: Leschenaultia divaricata

Common name: Tangled leschenaultia.

Shrub to 60 cm high, appearing leafless; stems erect, densely divaricate-branched, finely ribbed, glabrous, grey-green; leaves reduced to subulate-triangular scales, 1-3 mm long, glabrous, ultimately scarious.

Flowers solitary, each terminating a branchlet, often appearing opposite to a scale-leaf which subtends a branchlet immediately below the flower, the whole inflorescence being a raceme-like cyme; bract, bracteoles and pedicel absent; sepals subulate, c. 2.5 mm long; corolla 15-20 mm long, yellow to while, bearded with white hairs near the base inside; tube 2-3 mm long; posterior lobes lanceolate-falcate, 5-6 mm long; anterior lobes lanceolate, 7-9 mm long, with somewhat fimbriate wings; connate part of anterior lobes 4-6 mm long; style 9-11 mm long, glabrous; indusium transversely elliptic, c. 0.8 mm long, c. 1.2 mm wide, the upper lip shorter than the lower one; ovary 4-6 mm long.

Capsule cylindrical, pod-like, 1-3 cm long including a truncate beak 3-7 mm long, constricted between the seeds, brown, irregularly dehiscent; seeds 1-4, in a single row, compressed broad-cylindric, truncate, 3-4 mm long.

image of FSA3_Lechenaultia_div.jpg Habit, flower, capsule, indusium and single-seeded endocarp segment.
Image source: fig. 634a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 636.

Distribution:  On sand, particularly dunes in mulga scrub and woodland.

S.Aust.: LE.   N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: most of the year.

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