Common name: Austral Sage
Salvia plebeia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, 40–90 cm high, densely covered with simple, retrorse hairs, sessile glands present; branches erect.
Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate to narrow-elliptic, 2–7 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide; apex subacute to obtuse; base usually cuneate; margins crenate; surfaces densely covered with short simple antrorse hairs and sessile glands; petiole 1–4 cm long, hairs ± retrorse.
Inflorescence thyrse-like, much-branched, with 2–10 flowers per pair of bracts; bracts ± elliptic, apex abruptly tapering, persistent. Sepals 2–3.5 mm long or to 5 mm long in fruit. Corolla 3.5–5 mm long, violet, purplish or blue. Anthers with 1 loculus fertile, the other reduced and terminating the flattened extension of the connective.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in open areas of forests, such as roadsides, and on the margins of rainforests; north from Bathurst.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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