F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 3:19 (1862).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Herb to 40 cm high, usually annual; basal leaves forming an ascending rosette, lanceolate-elliptic to linear, somewhat attenuate at the base, acute, 4-10 cm long, 3-8 mm wide, villous, entire to dentate or pinnatifid; stems ascending, simple or few-branched, terete or subterete, villous below, glandular-pubescent above; cauline leaves few, linear, entire.
Flowers in a terminal raceme or umbellate group; bracts linear, leaf-like, 1-3 cm long; peduncles 1-3.5 cm long, glandular-pubescent, articulate c. 1 mm below the ovary; bracteoles absent; sepals lanceolate to elliptic, 4-5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, adnate to the ovary for up to two-thirds of its length; corolla 15-22 mm long, pale-blue to lilac with a yellow throat; glandular-pubescent outside, pubescent inside, with an obscure pocket about half the length of the ovary; wings more or less equal; auricles distinct, ciliate; anthers c. 2 mm long; style 6-7 mm long, villous; indusium depressed-obovate, 2-2.5 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, pubescent, with a concave orifice beset with long purplish bristles; ovary pubescent; dissepiment about one-quarter the length of the ovary.
Capsule compressed globular, 7-9 mm diam., pubescent; valves entire; seeds flat, orbicular, 4-4.5 mm diam., colliculate, dark-brown, with a prominent rim and a broad hyaline wing.
||Habit, flower and seed.
Image source: fig. 633f in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
In arid scrub and hummock grassland, often on stony ground.
S.Aust.: NW. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.
Flowering time: mostly May — Aug.
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