Prodr. 501 (1810) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|