F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 3:20 (1862).
Synonymy: G. basedowii Krause, Pflanzenr. 54:49 (1912).
Common name: None
Perennial herb to 1 m high with a thick tap root; stems erect, simple or with a few ascending branches from near the base, more or less terete, glabrous to subglabrous; basal leaves elliptic-obovate, not distinctly petiolate, obtuse, 10-25 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, serrulate to dentate, glabrous to subglabrous; cauline leaves similar but smaller and narrower.
Flowers in a terminal thyrse, raceme or panicle to 40 cm long; bracts lanceolate, acute, 8-15 mm long, glabrous to subglabrous; peduncles 0.5-2 cm long, glandular-pubescent, articulate immediately below the ovary; bracteoles lanceolate, 2-7 mm long, similar to bracts; sepals lanceolate, 1.5-2 mm long, glandular-pubescent with ciliate margins, adnate to the ovary for three-quarters of its length; corolla 12-15 mm long, blue with a yellow throat, glandular-pubescent outside, villous inside, with a prominent pocket equal to the ovary; wings subequal; auricles indistinct; anthers c. 2 mm long; style 10-11 mm long, bent, villous above; indusium oblong to square, 2-2.3 mm long, villous, purplish, with an almost straight orifice beset with short white bristles; ovary densely glandular-pubescent; dissepiment three-quarters as long as the ovary.
Capsule ovoid, c. 7 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, glandular-pubescent; valves entire or slightly split; seeds flat, broadly elliptic, c. 1.7 mm long, grey to blackish, colliculate, with an indistinct rim and a very narrow wing.
||Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 632i in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
On stony lateritic soils of hills.
S.Aust.: NW. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.
Flowering time: mainly Sept. — Oct.
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