Salvia leucantha Cav. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 130 cm high, shortly woolly with hairs white, often with purple tinge on inflorescence, long and wrinkled; branches erect, with scattered sessile glands.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate, 5–13 cm long, 0.7–2 cm wide; apex tapering; base obtuse; margins finely crenate; petiole 1–2 cm long.
Inflorescence spike-like, unbranched, with usually 2–8 flowers per pair of bracts; bracts attenuate, not persistent. Sepals usually white with a pink to purple tinge, 7–10 mm long or to 13 mm long in fruit. Corolla 15–20 mm long, white. Anthers with 1 loculus fertile, the other almost indistinguishable from the flattened extension of the connective.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden escape, naturalized in Tweed R. and Taree districts. Native of trop. Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Fatal poisoning of stock has been reported from N.S.W.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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