Common name: Italian Lavender, Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas L. APNI*
Description: Shrub rarely to 80 cm high; indumentum woolly, greyish.
Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate, linear-elliptic to oblanceolate, 1–3 cm long, 2–5 mm wide; apex subacute to obtuse; margins smooth, recurved; sessile.
Inflorescence hidden by bracts; peduncle 1–2.5 cm long; bracts rhombic to obovate, 12–25 mm long, deep bluish purple. Calyx 4–6 mm long; lobes < 1 mm long, many-veined. Corolla 7–8 mm long; tube white tinged blue towards apex and limb dark purple; tube much longer than calyx. Stamens included.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasionally naturalized garden escape. Native of Medit. region & NE Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
See also Weeds in Australia profile compiled by P.G. Kodela (2008).
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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