R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 439 (1810).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Creeping monkey-flower, Maori musk.
Terrestrial, occasionally aquatic annual or perennial, glabrous but for sessile glands, usually prostrate, rooting at the nodes and forming broad dense mats, when submerged erect to 20 cm high and/ or with erect branches arising from prostrate parts, with internodes 0.1-2 rarely 3 cm long; leaves not joined across the node, subsessile or very shortly petiolate, the blade ovate, usually broadly so, 0.1-0.4 rarely 0.6 x 0.05-0.2 rarely 0.5 cm, cordate to rounded, entire, acute to obtuse.
pedicels 0.1-1 cm long; calyx narrow-cylindrical to campanulate, 2.5-5 mm long, with 5 equal very short teeth; corolla 2-lipped, with the limb blue, purple or pink, the tube white or yellow sometimes with red spots, twice the length of the calyx, the lower lip c. 4 mm long with a prominent yellow raised palate at the base closing the mouth.
||Habit, leaf, flower in two views, stamens, pistil and pistil with persistent calyx.
Image source: fig. 585D in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Erickson et al. (1973) Flowers and plants of Western Australia, fig. 489; Williams (1979) Native plants of Queensland 1, p. 196; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 599.
Open margins of lakes, watercourses, river flats, or in temporarily wet areas, sometimes in saline sites, rarely amongst dense growth on shores or banks.
W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. New Zealand.
Flowering time: April — June (LE), all year along the River Murray (MU), Oct. — Feb. elsewhere.
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