Carolin, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 92:46 (1967).
Synonymy: V. paradoxa sensu J. Black, Fl.S. Aust. 561 (1929), partly, non R. Br.
Common name: Smooth velleia, pee the bed.
Annual herb 9-45 cm high with a slender tap root; leaves forming a rosette, ascending, oblanceolate, attenuate into a short petiole, obtuse, 4-10 cm long, 0.8-2 cm wide, dentate to lyrate-pinnatifid, glabrous to subglabrous, green.
Peduncles erect to ascending, terete, 4-30 cm long, glabrous; bracteoles connate for 1-2 mm, ovate to lanceolate, dentate to deeply incised, to 2 cm long, glabrous or subglabrous; pedicels to 2.5 cm long, glabrous; sepals hardly connate, ovate, 4-6 mm long, the posterior one the largest, glabrous; corolla 12-14 mm long, yellow, pubescent outside, with a pocket or spur to 2.5 mm long; tube 2.5-3.5 mm long, villous inside; posterior lobes elliptic-oblong, 6-8 mm long; anterior lobes connate for 4-6.5 mm, 4-6 mm long, broadly winged; style c. 4 mm long; indusium depressed-ovate, c. 2 mm long, villous, with a curved orifice.
Capsule subglobular, 4-valved, c. 5 mm diam., finely pubescent, with a glabrous mucro; seeds orbicular, c. 4 mm diam., broadly winged.
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Image source: fig. 638d 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. 639.
Scrub and open communities of the desert zone.
W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: July — Sept.
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