Prodr. 436 (1810) APNI
Perennial herb or subshrub, 5–60 cm high, with sporadic branching on the several main branches, either confined to or well above ground-level; glandular hairs of variable presence and distribution between subspecies. Leaves with 1–6 pairs of teeth, base narrow-cuneate to truncate. Racemes of variable length. Calyx 3.5–16 mm long; corolla 9.5–16 mm long, white to purple, blue or pink, sometimes with yellow blotches on lower lip, lacking conspicuous purple striations; anthers 1.2–2.5 mm long, the area about the connectives usually hairy or rarely glabrous. Capsule 5.5–14.5 mm long, glabrous or bristly only at apex or in upper two-thirds.
CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim.
A highly polymorphic species of over 14 races, formally named as subspecies, which have geographically and ecologically restricted ranges, some widespread, others very localised; 8 subspecies in Victoria
The various races are distinguished on correlated characters, many of which have overlapping ranges of variation. In some instances there is intergradation between the races on ecotonal zones between habitats or on a geographical basis. Observation and/or measurement of some of the characters described here will require a microscope or hand lens.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|