Westringia rigida R.Br.

Stiff Westringia

Prodr. 501 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub 0.3–0.6(–1) m high; branches stiff and often tangled. Leaves in whorls of 3 (or 4), sessile, ovate to narrowly ovate, 1.9–5.2(–9.8) mm long, 1–1.7(–2.2) mm wide, length-to-width ratio (1.5–)2–7(–8.2), sparsely to densely hairy, margin entire and recurved to revolute (such that abaxial surface almost concealed). Bracteoles 1–1.5 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface densely hairy, tube 2.6–3.6 mm long, lobes depressed triangular to very broadly triangular, (0.6–)0.9–1.6 mm long, 1–1.7 mm wide, lobe-to-tube ratio (0.2–)0.3–0.5; corolla 6–7 mm long, white, often with a mauve tinge, with orange to orange-brown dots. Flowers mainly spring.

CVU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Common in mallee communities of far north-west Victoria on sandy, often calcareous, soils, extending to shallow, often shaley soils of the Bendigo Whipstick mallee areas.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Westringia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Westringia rigida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Westringia rigida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory