Westringia crassifolia N.A.Wakef.

Whipstick Westringia

Victorian Naturalist 73: 187 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Erect shrub to 2 m high; branches sparsely to moderately covered in short hairs. Leaves in whorls of 3, narrowly elliptic to slightly oblong, 5–15 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, length-to-width ratio 3–6, sparsely to moderately hairy, margin entire, not recurved, apex obtuse with a slight callose point; pedicel short. Bracteoles 1–1.8 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface moderately to densely hairy, tube 2.8–3 mm long, lobes triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, lobe-to-tube ratio 0.5–0.9; corolla 12–14 mm long, purple (lavender). Flowers mainly spring.

Gold, LoM, VRiv. Endemic in Victoria. Apparently confined to the Bendigo Whipstick and Little Desert mallee communities on sand or sandy soils derived from shales and sandstone. .

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 crassifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Westringia crassifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native

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