R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 383 (1810).
Synonymy: S. aemula sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 831 (1957), non R.Br.
, Merkusia humilis
Common name: Sandplain fanflower.
Perennial herb to 50 cm high; stems terete, green, finely pubescent, ascending, sometimes slightly woody at the base; leaves sessile, obovate to elliptic, somewhat attenuate at the base, obtuse to acute, l-4 cm long, 3-15 mm wide, coarsely dentate to entire, pubescent with short antrorse hairs.
Flowers sessile in terminal leafy spikes; bracts lanceolate, acute to acuminate, 9-20 mm long, mostly entire; bracteoles narrow-lanceolate, 5-7 mm long, pubescent; sepals broadly deltoid, to 0.5 mm long, pubescent, connate at the base; corolla blue, 10-15 mm long, densely pubescent outside, bearded inside the throat; lobes narrowly oblong, 5-8 mm long, with broad subentire wings; style 5-7 mm long, glabrous; indusium depressed-obovate, to 1 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, with a posterior tuft of purplish bristles and long white bristles around the orifice; ovary 1.5-2 mm long, completely 2-celled, puberulent.
Fruit ovoid, 3-4 mm long, 2-celled.
||Habit, leaf, flower
Image source: fig. 636c 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. 637.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP.
Flowering time: Aug. — Oct.
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