Nat. Pflanzenfam. 16c:, edn 2, 533 (1934) APNI
Straggling to erect, greyish subshrub, to c. 40 cm high, younger branches densely covered with short, white, cottony hairs. Leaves linear to narrowly elliptic, 4–13 mm long, densely covered with fine, semi-appressed hairs. Tube of fruiting perianth 2–2.5 mm long, densely short-woolly, very obliquely attached and shortly decurrent along stem, hollowed at base; limb not or barely exserted above spine-bases; spines 2, reddish, divergent, obliquely ascending relative to each other (not laying flat on a flat surface), 4–7 mm long, shortly woolly in the lower half, one with a short tubercle at its base. Fruits most of year.
LoM, MuF, MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, NSW. Locally rather common on dark loamy, often limestone-rich soils in shrubland and open mallee communities of far north-western Victoria.
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