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Genus Velleia Family Goodeniaceae

Description: Herbs, glabrous or pubescent, usually with erect to prostrate forked scapes.

Leaves basal, with conspicuous axillary hairs.

Flowers in axillary dichasia or rarely solitary, bracteolate; pedicels not articulate. Sepals 5 or 3, free or partly fused, upper one often larger. Corolla yellow to brownish or white to pink, usually free from ovary almost to base, auriculate, 2-lipped; lobes equal or unequal; anterior spur often conspicuous. Stamens free from each other, almost hypogynous. Ovary ± superior, incompletely 2-locular; indusium erect, with bristles on lips; ovules several.

Fruit a 2- or 4-valved capsule; seeds flat, winged or with a thickened rim, caruncle absent.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 21 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 21 species (20 species endemic), all States.

Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
Sepals 52
Sepals 35
2Bracteoles fused to each otherVelleia connata
Bracteoles free or nearly so
                       Back to 1
3
3Lobes of corolla more or less equal; indusium narrow-oblongVelleia arguta
Lobes of corolla unequal; indusium ovate to depressed-ovate
                       Back to 2
4
4Peduncles pubescent; indusium ovateVelleia paradoxa
Peduncles glabrous or nearly so; indusium depressed-ovate
                       Back to 3
Velleia glabrata
5Bracteoles fused togetherVelleia perfoliata
Bracteoles free from each other
                       Back to 1
6
6Corolla lobes more or less equal; peduncles usually shorter than leavesVelleia montana
Corolla lobes very unequal; peduncles usually longer than leaves
                       Back to 5
7
7Peduncles pubescentVelleia spathulata
Peduncles glabrous or glabrescent
                       Back to 6
8
8Upper sepal cordate at baseVelleia lyrata
Upper sepal not cordate at base
                       Back to 7
Velleia parvisepta

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