Description: Multistemmed perennial subshrubs [or rosette herbs], glabrous or with branched hairs.
Flowers solitary or in irregular clusters or cymes or ± forming terminal spikes, bracteolate. Sepals 5, free, very small. Corolla blue with yellow throat [or yellow] with white and pink forms of some species, 2-lipped, often with calli in throat, auriculate. Stamens epigynous; anthers cohering in a tube around the style. Ovary inferior, 1- [or 2]-locular; indusium ± globose, without hairs around the orifice; ovule solitary.
Fruit an inferior nut often surmounted by persistent sepals, style, stamens and basal part of corolla; seed solitary.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 65 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.
Text by R. C. Carolin
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|1||Stems triangular in cross section||2|
|Stems terete, ridged||4|
|2||Stems papillate||Dampiera fusca|
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|3||Hairs on corolla appressed, yellowish brown||Dampiera stricta|
|Hairs on corolla loose, grey|
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|4||Leaves glabrescent, hairs on young stems and leaves finely appressed||Dampiera adpressa|
|At least lower surface of leaves hairy or scabrous; hairs on stems and young leaves spreading|
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|5||Hairs on short flowering branches usually brown; flowers 12–15 mm long||Dampiera purpurea|
|Hairs on short flowering branches grey; flowers 8–12 mm long|
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|6||Corolla with woolly grey hairs outside||Dampiera lanceolata|
|Corolla with silky pale grey hairs outside|
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