Sol. ex A. Rich, Mém. Rubiac. 146 (1830).
Synonymy: Opercularia umbellata Gaertner, Fruct. 1:112, t. 24 (1788); P. glabra DC., Prod. 4:615 (1830); P. hirta DC., Prod. 4:615 (1830).
Common name: Pomax.
Perennial shrublet to 40 cm high with erect woody branches more or less pubescent when young; leaves subpetiolate, lanceolate to linear-elliptic, 7-20 x 2-8 mm, acute and often pointed, glabrous or papillose to hairy; stipules broadly triangular, 1 rarely 2 lobes with hooked hairs turned upwards mainly along the margin.
Inflorescence usually a terminal thyrse with stalks of flower-like flower heads elongating after flowering and covered with hooked hairs which are often turned upwards; flower heads surrounded by a calyx-like cup with lobes often variable in length; corolla tubular, pink to mauve, papillate to hairy outside.
seeds 2-3 mm long, coffee-bean-shaped.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 622.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Aug. — Sept.
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