Cav., Anal. Hist. Nat. 2:118 (1800).
Synonymy: E. ovinum Cunn. in B. Field, Geogr. Mem. N.S. W. 358 (1825); E. tetracephalum Bunge in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:293 (1845).
Common name: Blue devil.
Perennial glabrous herb, 15-50 cm high, often violet or bluish tinged; stem erect, branched, rigid, ribbed; basal leaves 6-15 cm long, pinnatipartite, not very rigid; rhachis broad-linear, 4-5 mm broad, parallel-veined, with indistinct transverse septa; leaf segments linear, pungent-pointed, entire or pinnatipartite, spreading, opposite or alternate; petiole similar to the rhachis; stem-leaves similar but shorter, usually opposite.
Peduncles often terminal between 2 opposite axillary branches which bear other peduncles and again fork; flowerheads ovoid-globular; involucral bracts c. 8, linear-lanceolate, rigid, pungent, often metallic-bluish- or purplish-tinged; torus with conical scales; petals blue, their inflexed apex broad and fringed at the end.
Fruit covered with obtuse bladdery scales.
Burbidge & Gray (1970) Flora of the A. CT., fig. 276; Beadle (1980) Students flora of north-eastern New South Wales, fig. 266A; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 542.
On damp clay of plains and in open woodland.
W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Temperate South America.
Flowering time: Nov. — Jan.
SA Distribution Map based
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It is unlikely that our plants and the synonyms listed are conspecific with the South American E. rostratum Cav. sensu stricto.
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