Common name: Dogbane
Plectranthus neochilus Schltr. APNI*
Description: Unpleasantly aromatic, decumbent to erect, perennial herb 12–50 cm high; branches succulent, finely and minutely hairy, or sparsely to densely covered with short and long hairs and scattered orange-red sessile glands.
Leaves with lamina succulent, viscid, obovate to elliptic-ovate, 2–5 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide; apex obtuse to rounded; base cuneate to attenuate; margins obscurely crenate with 4–6 pairs of teeth; both surfaces sparsely to densely hairy with shortly appressed hairs, especially on veins below, with orange sessile glands below; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long.
Calyx c. 3 mm long, to 6 mm long in fruit. Corolla 12–20 mm long, mauve-purple, rarely whitish, the upper lip paler and bluish, slightly hairy; tube slightly decurved; lobes with scattered sessile glands.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Doubtfully naturalized in the Sydney district. Native of southern Afr. SYNONYMS: ?CC.
NSW subdivisions: ?CC
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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