Westringia glabra R.Br.

Violet Westringia

Prodr. 501 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Shrub 0.5–1 m high. Leaves in whorls of 3 or 4, rarely opposite, narrow-ovate to -elliptic, 12–20(–50) mm long, 3–4(–11) mm wide, length-to-width ratio 4–5.1, both surfaces sparsely to very sparsely hairy or glabrous, margin entire and usually slightly recurved; petiole c. 1 mm long. Bracteoles 1.5–2 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface sparsely hairy (rarely densely hairy), tube 3–3.5 mm long, lobes triangular to narrowly triangular, 3–3.7 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, lobe-to-tube ratio 0.9–1.1; corolla 8–10 mm long, pink to pale purple with maroon dots. Flowers throughout the year.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GGr, HFE, HSF, MonT, VVP, Wim. Disjunctly distributed in Victoria, in the northern Grampians, Lerderderg Gorge, and more commonly in East Gippsland. Frequently occuring in skeletal soils, often on steep rocky slopes, and often associated with river gorges. .

This appears to be an extremely variable species. Plants from East Gippsland frequently, perhaps always, have some large leaves that are usually in 4-leaved whorls.

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 glabra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Westringia glabra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory