J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 52:227 (1928).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Low divaricate spinescent or nonspinescent shrub 0.2-0.8 m tall; branches with a few scattered tubercles, sparsely glandular-puberulent or almost glabrous; leaves alternate, ovate, obovate to orbicular, 1-6.5 x 0.7-3 mm, obtuse, thick, margins entire, glandular-puberulent or rarely densely eglandular-pubescent.
Flowers 1 per axil; pedicel 0.5-5 mm long, straight, glandular-puberulent; sepals imbricate, green, ovate to lanceolate, 1.5-3 x 0.5-1.5 mm, acute to acuminate, outside surface glabrous but margins glandular-pubescent, inside surface glandular-pubescent often with longer eglandular hairs; corolla 7-11 mm long, purple, inside of tube white, purple-spotted, outside surface glabrous, inside of tube sparsely villous but the basal part of the medial lobe of the lower lip bearded with a dense band of hairs extending down the tube below it, lobes obtuse; stamens extending to just beyond the throat, glabrous; ovary glabrous except for a few hairs at the apex, style pilose in the lower part often only at the base.
Fruit dry, subglobular, 2.5-4 x 2-3 mm, glabrous except for scattered hairs at the apex.
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Image source: fig. 611H in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Occurs on skeletal calcareous soils from Fowler Bay westwards usually in Eucalyptus/Melaleuca low scrubland.
Flowering time: mainly July — Oct.
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