Common name: Mintweed
Salvia reflexa Hornem. APNI*
Description: Annual subshrub to 60 cm high; branches ± densely covered with short, recurved simple hairs.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 1.5–5 cm long, 0.4–1.2 cm wide; apex obtuse or rarely acute; base tapering; margins almost entire, with shallow distant teeth; ± densely covered with short recurved simple hairs; petiole 0.3–2 cm long.
Inflorescence raceme-like, unbranched, with 1 flower per pair of bract- or leaf-axil; bracts subulate, not persistent. Sepals 5–7 mm long. Corolla 7–10 mm long, pale blue. Anthers with 1 loculus fertile, the other indistinguishable from the flattened extension of the connective.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly on flood plains in grey cracking clays. Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A. *W.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Fatal poisoning of sheep and young cattle eating this species has been reported.. A declared noxious weed in certain shires.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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