Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Herb, to 1 m tall, glabrous. Leaves mostly lanceolate, the upper ones usually linear, 0.5–4.5 cm long; stipules linear, c. 0.5 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary. Sepals lanceolate, 1.5–5 mm long, green; petals blue-mauve, lower petal ovate, 9–16 mm long, upper pair broadly oblong, lateral petals narrowly oblong. Capsule 6–8 cm long; seeds globose, c. 2.5 mm diam., smooth, with a prominent pale caruncle c. 1 mm long. Flowers Jun.–Oct.
EGL, EGU, GipP. Also NSW. Restricted in Victoria to near-coastal heaths and damp depressions east from near Marlo. A herbarium specimen labelled ‘Dandenong’ (collected 1900) is presumably in error.
Subsp. scaber from New South Wales has scabrous stems and leaves, and all leaves lanceolate, obovate or sometimes tricuspidate.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|