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Genus Dampiera Family Goodeniaceae

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.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 65 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Stems triangular in cross section2
Stems terete, ridged4
2Stems papillateDampiera fusca
Stems smooth
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3
3Hairs on corolla appressed, yellowish brownDampiera stricta
Hairs on corolla loose, grey
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Dampiera sylvestris
4Leaves glabrescent, hairs on young stems and leaves finely appressedDampiera adpressa
At least lower surface of leaves hairy or scabrous; hairs on stems and young leaves spreading
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5
5Hairs on short flowering branches usually brown; flowers 12–15 mm longDampiera purpurea
Hairs on short flowering branches grey; flowers 8–12 mm long
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6
6Corolla with woolly grey hairs outsideDampiera lanceolata
Corolla with silky pale grey hairs outside
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Dampiera scottiana

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