Druce, Rep. Botl Soc. Exch. Club Br. Isl. 1916:644 (1917).
Synonymy: Goodenia calendulacea J. Kenn. in Andrews, Bot. Rep. 1:t. 22 (1799); S. suaveolens R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 585 (1810); Merkusia suaveolens (R. Br.)Vriese, Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 2:164 (1851).
Common name: Dune fanflower.
Prostrate spreading semi-succulent shrub or undershrub to 40 cm high; stems decumbent, ultimately ascending, terete, pubescent when young; leaves oblanceolate to obovate, attenuate into a dilated base, obtuse, 3-8 cm long, 5-27 mm wide, entire or rarely slightly dentate, thick, pubescent with long simple hairs.
Flowers in terminal spikes, usually sessile; bracts leaf-like, the upper ones smaller and narrower, not exceeding the flower; bracteoles linear, 3-6 mm long, pubescent; sepals completely connate, forming a slightly sinuate tube to 1 mm long, often ciliate; corolla 12-18 mm long, bright-blue, appressed-pubescent outside, bearded inside; lobes narrow-lanceolate, 6-8 mm long, apiculate, broadly winged; tube 6-10 mm long; style 5-8 mm long, villous; indusium transversely oblong, c. 1 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, sparsely pilose, with prominent white bristles around the orifice; ovary ellipsoid, 2-3 mm long, 2-celled, glabrous.
Fruit globular, 7-12 mm diam., 2-celled or with 2 additional empty cells, purplish to white, glabrous; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp woody.
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Image source: fig. 635g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Rotherham et al. (1975) Flowers and plants of New South Wales and southern Queensland, fig. 12.
On coastal cliffs and dunes.
S.Aust.: SL, SE. Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: most of the year.
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