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Family: Scrophulariaceae
Parahebe decorosa

Citation: B. Briggs & Ehrend1

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Shrub to 1 m high and wide, glabrous apart from bands of antrorsely curved white eglandular hairs, on the branches opposite and decurrent from between leaf bases, on the rhachises and pedicels alternate; leaves connected across the node by a ridge, sessile, linear to ovate-linear, 1-7.5 cm x 0.5-5 mm, the margin entire or sparsely serrate, recurved narrow-acute.

Inflorescences long axillary racemes, together forming a corymb at each branch apex; bracts much shorter than the leaves, narrow-ovate, 2-9 mm long; pedicels longer than the bracts in flower, 7-15 mm long in fruit; sepals 4, narrow-elliptic, 3-5 mm long, free almost to the base; corolla white, at least sometimes purple in the centre, with the tube sparsely pubescent inside, the lobes 4, 5-8 mm long, obtuse or rounded, with the upper lobe broader and purple-striated; stamens with filaments broad and flat in the basal half, almost as long as the corolla lobes, the anthers broad, 1-1.4 mm long.

capsule compressed, in lateral view transversely broad-elliptic, c. 3 x 3.5 mm, shallowly emarginate, ribbed down the centre line of each valve, broadly grooved between the valves, with a persistent style c. 4 mm long.

image of FSA3_Parahebe_dec.jpg Flowering branch, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 595A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  In rocky gorges and gullies and on ridge-tops.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Nov.

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Biology: Superficially resembles Veronica gracilis in foliage.

Taxonomic notes: The following contribution is made by B. G. Briggs, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and F. Ehrendorfer, Botanical Institute and Botanic Garden of the University, Vienna: Parehebe decorosa (F. Muell.)B. Briggs & Ehrend. comb. nov. Basionym: Veronica decorosa F. Muell., Linnaea 25:430 (1853), non Parahebe decora Ashwin in Allan, Fl. N. Zealand 1:974, 877 {1961).

Author: Not yet available

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