Salvia apiana Jeps.

Muhlenbergia 3: 144 (1908) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial shrub 1–2(–3) m high; branches with minute appressed white or grey hairs. Leaves lanceolate, oblong to elliptic, 3–9 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide, apex acute to obtuse, base attenuate, margin crenulate, surfaces hoary, with sessile glands; petioles 0.5–2 cm long. Inflorescence thryse-like, cymes 4–12-flowered; bracts ovate to lanceolate, apex acute, c. third to equal to calyx. Calyx c. 4 mm long (5–7 mm long in fruit), obscurely 10-veined, hoary, densely covered with yellow sessile glands, adaxial lip usually wholly united, occasionally shallowly 3-toothed; corolla white, sometimes pale lavender, 12–22 mm long; stamens exserted above adaxial lip of corolla. Recorded flowering in Victoria in June.

Native to southwestern U.S.A. and northwestern Mexico.

Recorded in Victoria at Howmans Gap near Falls Creek. This population of four plants was eradicated.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-04-26
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Salvia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salvia apiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salvia apiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced
Victorian Alps extinct introduced

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