Salvia reflexa Hornem.


Enum. Pl. Hort. Hafn. 34 (1807) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual subshrub to c. 60 cm high, more or less densely covered with short, recurved simple hairs, c. mint-scented. Leaves narrowly ovate to narrowly elliptic, 1.5–5 cm long, 0.4–1.2 cm wide, upper surface c. glabrous with sessile glands, lower surfaces greyish with antrorsely curved hairs and sessile glands, apex obtuse (rarely acute), base tapered, margin almost entire, with shallow distant serrations; petiole 0.3–2 cm long. Inflorescence raceme-like, unbranched, with flowers in opposite pairs; bracts subulate, deciduous. Calyx 5–7 mm long, 13-veined, with short, antrorse hairs mostly along veins and sessile glands, adaxial lip c. entire, or minutely 3-toothed at apex, abaxial lip bifid; corolla pale blue, 7–10 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*Gold, *HSF, *MuM. Also naturalized, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to North America. In Victoria recorded as garden-escape in Culgoa, Castlemaine and Heathcote areas.

This species has been reported to cause fatal poisoning of stock in Queensland and New South Wales.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Lamiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Salvia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salvia reflexa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salvia reflexa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory