L., Sp. Pl. 223 (1753).
Synonymy: C. australis R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 490 (1810).
Common name: Rosinweed.
Appressedly greyish-pubescent subshrub, with erect rarely prostrate stems to 20 cm; leaves sessile to shortly petiolate, ovate-lanceolate, usually less than 8 x 5 mm, acute.
Inflorescence terminal, flowers solitary in axils of leaves subsessile, forming a leafy spike; bracteoles opposite, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, c. 3 mm long; sepals obovate, obtuse, 3.5-4 mm long; corolla campanulate white to pink, c. 6 mm long, with 5 ovate to oblong-ovate lobes almost as long as the tube; stamens 5, inserted 2-3 mm above the base of the corolla; filaments 2.4-3 mm long, fusing laterally at the base; ovary partially 2-celled, densely hairy in the upper part; styles 3-5 mm long, with scattered hairs, stigmas capitate.
Capsule globular; seeds usually I.
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Image source: fig. 527A 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. 559.
occurs in tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Grows in saline swamps.
All mainland States.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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