Westringia senifolia F.Muell.

Alpine Westringia

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 49 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Compact to spreading shrub, 0.3–1.3 m high, up to c. 1 m diam.; branches stiff, densely covered with white, spreading hairs; internodes short. Leaves in whorls of 5 or 6, sessile, narrowly elliptic to c. linear, usually with a pointed, upswept apex, 5–10(–14) mm long, 1–2 mm wide, length-to-width ratio at least 5, surfaces scabrous, margin entire and mostly strongly revolute (such that abaxial surface concealed and lamina appearing almost terete). Flowers densely clustered in distal axils; bracteoles 3.5–4 mm long, almost as long as calyx. Calyx green, often with maroon margin, outer surface densely hairy, tube 2–4 mm long, lobes triangular, 2–4 mm long, 0.8–1 mm wide, lobe-to-tube ratio c. 1; corolla 8–11 mm long, white, with dull orange spots in throat. Flowers summer.

HNF, HSF, VAlp. Endemic in Victoria. Locally common on high rocky mountains (e.g. Mt Buffalo, The Razor, Mt Wellington), with a disjunct occurrence at low altitude (c. 800 m) on western slopes of Mt Donna Buang. Usually occurring on shallow soils amongst rock in exposed shrubland communities or in Eucalyptus pauciflora woodlands.

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
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Westringia senifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Westringia senifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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