Common name: Woolly Sage
Salvia aethiopis L. APNI*
Description: Biennial or perennial herb, 30–100 cm high, woolly with hairs white, simple, long and wrinkled; branches robust, erect, with glands present towards apex.
Leaves ± restricted to basal part of branches; lamina ovate to elliptic, 10–25 cm long, 5–12 cm wide; apex acute; margins deeply and irregular toothed, with acute teeth or lobes; petiole 3–7 cm long.
Inflorescence thyrse-like, much-branched, with 1 or 2 flowers per pair of bracts; bracts stiff, spinescent, persistent. Sepals 10–12 mm long or to 16 mm long in fruit. Corolla 13–15 mm long, white. Anthers with 1 loculus fertile, the other indistinguishable from the flattened extension of the connective.
Distribution and occurrence: Only known from the Inverell district. Native of S & SE Eur, extending to southern Russia & Iran.
NSW subdivisions: *NWS
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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