Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 43: 37 (1919) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)
Annual subshrub, 10–30 cm high; young stems densely hairy. Leaves alternate to almost opposite, shortly petiolate, more or less elliptic, 7–15 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, more or less concolorous, mid green, undersurface covered in antrorse hairs, upper surface with fewer finer hairs. Inflorescence terminal, elongate, usually continuous at maturity, to 65 mm long, many-flowered; involucral bracts absent or not differentiated from leaves. Flowers bisexual, brownish, outside covered by short white hairs and long brownish hairs, glabrous inside; floral tube c. 3 mm long, style-portion shorter than ovary-portion, circumscissile above ovary; sepals erect, c. 1 mm long; pedicel hairy; stamens inserted below sepals, almost sessile in throat; anthers opening laterally; style not or little exserted. Fruit dry, enclosed.
LoM, MuM. Also SA. Mostly growing on light sandy soil in the Hattah Lakes area. Regarded as extinct in Victoria until several plants were observed in 1990 following wildfire in 1988.
The brown hairs on the outside of flowers are characteristic.
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