in Sweet, Sweet's Hortus Britannicus, 3, 419 ( 1839)
Perennial with thickened taproot; stems few–many from base, usually branched, rarely simple, glabrous, or hirsute near base, erect, to c. 50(–80) cm high, leafy throughout or only toward base; leaves alternate, oblanceolate (near base) to linear, 4–50(–80) mm long, 0.5–6 mm wide; margins entire or with a few small callus-teeth, flat or undulate. Hypanthium narrow-obconical, 2–5 mm long, glabrous; calyx-lobes erect, narrow-triangular, 2–6 mm long, glabrous; corolla narrowly campanulate, blue, often whitish outside, tube 4–9 mm long, usually longer than calyx-lobes, lobes elliptic to ovate, 6–15 mm long, 2.5–6 mm wide, acute; style 4.5–9.5 mm long, not or hardly constricted, lobes 3, oblong. Capsule narrowly obconical or narrowly obovoid, 4–9 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide. Flowers mainly Oct.–Mar.
CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland states. Scattered through northern and eastern Victoria, commonest in warmer inland regions (e.g. mallee, northern plains, rain-shadow areas in the east).
Plants from drier northern and north-western areas and rain-shadow areas of the east (e.g. Big Desert, Hattah, Bendigo, Suggan Buggan) tend to be little-branched and have leaves crowded near the base, while those from most sites south of the Dividing Range are more commonly freely branched above the base and leafier throughout, sometimes resembling opposite-leaved W. luteola which was formerly included within W. capillaris (as W. communis), but not uncommon on basalt-derived clays of the Volcanic Plain from Melbourne westward.
The veracity of W. capillaris as an earlier name for what has generally been known as W. communis Carolin is somewhat contentious as the identity of the plate in 'The Botanists Cabinet' labelled W. capillaris is equivocal, initially rejected by Carolin (1965) as a nomen nudum but recently resurrected by Turner (2016) as a validly published name.
Carolin, R.C. (1965). Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on the genus Wahlenbergia in Australia. , Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 89(2): 237.
Turner, I.M. (2016). Rather for the nomenclaturist than for the scientific botanist: The Botanical Cabinet of Conrad Loddiges & Sons. , Taxon 65(5): 115.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|