Westringia eremicola A.Cunn. ex Benth.

Slender Westringia

Labiat. Gen. Spec. 459 (1834) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 1.5(–2) m high. Leaves in whorls of 3 (or 4), narrowly elliptic to linear, (4–)8–20(–27) mm long, (0.5-)0.8–1.6 mm wide, length-to-width ratio (4–)6–20(–36), moderately to densely covered in c. appressed, simple, antrorse hairs, often c. scabrous, margin entire and recurved (often such that abaxial surface almost concealed); petiole 0.5–0.7 mm long. Bracteoles 0.8–2 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface densely hairy, tube 2.5–4(–4.5) mm long, lobes triangular, 1–3(–5.3) mm long, 1–2 mm wide, lobe-to-tube ratio 0.3–1.3(–1.7); corolla 6.5–8.5 mm long, lilac, mauve or purple (rarely white), with orange to brown dots or dots possibly sometimes absent. Flowers throughout the year.

CVU, EGL, EGU, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Scattered throughout Victoria, mostly north of the Great Dividing Range, in mallee, dry woodland and Box-Ironbark forests, with ecologically disjunct occurrences on sandy or rocky margins of watercourses in the far east (e.g. Thurra and Genoa Rivers).

A variable species, with plants from far eastern Victoria tending to have longer leaves than plants from the drier western parts of the State, and New South Wales and South Australia.

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 eremicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Westringia eremicola 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
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory