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Dicrastylis lewellinii (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Family Lamiaceae
Dicrastylis lewellinii (F.Muell.) F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Shrub 30–60 cm high; branches with white matted hairs, sometimes ± glabrescent.

Leaves usually in whorls of 3 or sub-opposite, linear or sometimes linear-lanceolate, 7–25 mm long, 2–6 mm wide, margins recurved, upper surface wrinkled and ± sparsely hairy, lower surface grey-tomentose; sessile.

Cymes sessile or shortly pedunculate, arranged in terminal subglobose clusters or usually forming distant whorled clusters, 1–3 clusters per node and each 5–7-flowered; bracts 3–4 mm long. Calyx tube 2–3 mm long; lobes 3–3.5 mm long. Corolla 7–9 mm long, purplish blue; lowest lobe 3–3.5 mm long, others 2–2.5 mm long. Stamens usually 4, exserted.

Fruit 2–2.5 mm diam., silky.


Flowering: chiefly spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in spinifex and low shrubland communities on deep sandy soils of semi-arid to arid areas, in the Enngonia-Barringun district.
NSW subdivisions: NWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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