F. Muell. ex Benth., Fl. Aust. 4:91 (1869) subsp. parvifolia.
Synonymy: S. depauperata sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 564 (1929), partly, non R. Br.
Common name: Camel weed.
Undershrub to 60 cm high; stems erect, divaricate-branched, robust, green, striate or ribbed, villous-pubescent with patent, often stiff, hairs; minute glandular hairs often also present; basal leaves few, linear, obtuse, 2-3.5 cm long, densely pubescent, soon withering; cauline leaves sessile, remote, broad-ovate to narrow-elliptic, acute, 2-15 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, entire, pubescent.
Flowers in a loose thyrse; bracts like the upper scale leaves; peduncles 1-8 cm long, similar to stems; bracteoles ovate, 0.5-4 mm long, pubescent, opposite or subopposite near the apex of the peduncle; sepals triangular, 1-2 mm long, free, appressed-pubescent or scabrous; corolla 13-22 mm long, blue, scabrous to tomentose outside, bearded in the throat; lobes oblong-elliptic, 3-6 mm long, with ciliate wings; tube 10-16 mm long; style 6-10 mm long, glabrous or slightly hairy above; indusium depressed-obovate, 2-3 mm wide, with a dense posterior tuft of whitish bristles and long white bristles around the orifice; ovary narrow-ellipsoid to globular, 2-5 mm long, 2-celled, densely pubescent.
Fruit ellipsoid to globular, 4-8 mm long, tuberculate, ribbed, pubescent, with persistent sepals; mesocarp thin, dry.
W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.
Flowering time: at any time.
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