F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 1:18 (1855).
Synonymy: V. helmsii Krause, Pflanzenr. 54:33 (1912).
Common name: Cup (or stout) velleia.
Annual herb 20-90 cm high, with a short rootstock; leaves forming a rosette, oblanceolate to spathulate, attenuate into a short petiole, obtuse, 5-20 cm long, 1.4-8 cm wide, denticulate to lyrate-pinnatipartite, glabrous, green to glaucous.
Peduncles erect or ascending, terete or slightly ribbed, 15-60 cm long, glabrous; bracteoles connate into a cup 2-6 cm diam., dentate, glabrous; pedicels 2-7 cm long, glabrous; sepals 8-11 mm long, connate at the base, ovate-cordate, acute, entire or dentate, sometimes pubescent; corolla 15-17 mm long, yellow, brown-yellow or white, often with mauve markings, glabrous outside, with a short obtuse pouch; tube 2-3 mm long, villous inside; posterior lobes elliptic, 9-10 mm long; anterior lobes connate for 9-11 mm, 5-6 mm long, triangular, with short narrow wings; style c. 5 mm long; indusium depressed-obovate, c. 3 mm long, with a slightly curved orifice.
Capsule compressed-ovoid, 4-valved, c. 8 mm long, glabrous or subglabrous with a minute mucro; seeds broad-elliptic to orbicular, 5-6 mm diam., the body hardly acuminate, broadly winged.
||Habit, flower, capsule and seed.
Image source: fig. 638b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 638.
Of discontinuous distribution, on sandy soils in mulga, Triodia grassland and rarely in mallee.
W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: mainly Sept. — Jan.
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