F. Muell., Trans. Phil. Soc. Vic. 1:49 (1855).
Synonymy: V. distans sensu Benth., Fl. Aust. 4:509 (1868), partly, auct. non R. Br.
Common name: Coast speedwell.
Perennial herb with a woody rootstock, producing long stolons and decumbent to scandent herbaceous branches 4-32 cm long, with retrorse eglandular hairs of both dense short and scattered coarser longer types spread all around or in 2 rows on the branches and in single rows on the rhachis and pedicels, sometimes scattered on the leaves and sepals; leaves opposite, connected across the node by a ridge, the petioles 1-2 rarely 4 mm long, the blade narrow- to broad-ovate or elliptic, 5-30 x 3-17 mm, with the base rounded to attenuate, the margin recurved, coarsely serrate, rarely entire, and the apex acute to obtuse, rarely rounded, the leaves on the stolons often longer petiolate.
Racemes in the upper axils, 4-10-flowered, the bracts ovate to narrow-elliptic, 2-10 mm long, the pedicels ascending, longest at the base of the raceme, 5-30 mm long in fruit; sepals 4, narrow-elliptic, 4-7 mm long, fused only at the base; corolla blue, with 4 rounded lobes 8-10 mm long, the upper the broadest, more deeply coloured, red at the base, the lower the narrowest; stamens with filaments flattened, the anthers broad, 1-1.4 mm long; ovary glabrous, the stigma 0.25-0.4 mm diam.
Capsule greatly compressed, loculicidal, sometimes secondarily septicidal, transverse-ovate, 3.5-4 x 3.5-5.5 mm, glabrous, shallow-emarginate to truncate with a sometimes persistent style 5-6.5 mm long.
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Image source: fig. 596C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
On calcareous sands, shallow on exposed coastal cliff tops or on dunes; in sclerophyllous shrubland.
S.Aust.: EP, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.
Flowering time: late Nov. — Dec. (March).
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V. hillebrandii differs from the Western Australian V. distans in its smaller and less deeply serrate leaves, short petioles, shorter stem indumentum and usually flexuose rhachis (B. G. Briggs pets. comm.).
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