R. Br, Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 584 (1810).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Fairy fanflower, common fanflower.
Perennial herb to 50 cm high; stems terete, brown, coarsely pubescent, ascending, sometimes slightly woody at the base; leaves sessile, obovate, attenuate at the base, obtuse to acute, 1-9 cm long, 0.4-3 cm wide, coarsely dentate to subentire, coarsely pubescent with short hairs.
Flowers sessile in terminal leafy spikes; bracts like leaves; bracteoles lanceolate, 4.5-7 mm long, hairy; sepals broadly deltoid, to 0.5 mm long, ciliate, connate at the base; corolla deep to pale-blue, rarely white, 17-25 mm long, appressed-hairy outside, bearded inside the throat; lobes narrowly oblong-ovate, 9-12 mm long, with broad subentire wings; style 6-11 mm long, glabrous except for a few hairs near the apex; indusium depressed-obovate, to 1.5 mm long, c. 2.2 mm wide, with a posterior tuft of purplish bristles and long white bristles around the orifice; ovary narrow-ovoid, 1.5-2.5 mm long, completely 2-celled, pubescent.
Fruit ovoid, 3-4 mm long, 2-celled, with a thin dry mesocarp.
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Image source: fig. 635a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
S.Aust.: EP, MU, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: mainly Sept. — Oct.
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