Salvia africana-lutea L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 26 (1753)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Much-branched shrub to 1.5 m high; branches densely and shortly tomentose, also with sessile glands. Leaves obovate to broadly elliptic, 1–3 cm long, 8–20 mm wide, surfaces minutely tomentose to velutinous, gland-dotted beneath, apex rounded, base cuneate, margin entire, often undulate; petiole 1–6 mm long. Inflorescences terminal spikes, 3–12 cm long; flowers in opposite pairs; bracts narrowly elliptic, shorter than calyces. Calyx 10–13 mm long (to 20 mm in fruit), 14-veined, moderately hairy, with short and long hairs and numerous sessile glands; corolla rusty-brown, 3.5–4.5 cm long, lobes much longer than tube, adaxial lobe c. twice as long as abaxial lobe. Flowers Jul.–Nov.

*WaP. Known in Victoria only from foredunes between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, and first recorded in 1978, but population noted as 'rapidly expanding'.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-10-30
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-10-30
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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 africana-lutea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salvia africana-lutea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised

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South Australia