Common name: Cattle Bush
Trichodesma zeylanicum (Burm.f.) R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Trichodesma sericeum Lindl. APNI*
Description: Erect annual or perennial herb to c. 1 m high, smooth to hispid; taproot well-developed.
Basal leaves opposite, becoming alternate up stem; lamina linear-oblong to narrow-ovate, 3.5–10.5 cm long, 7–20 mm wide, apex acute, surfaces hispid; ± sessile.
Flowers 15–20 mm diam., blue, rarely white; pedicels to 30 mm long. Sepals narrow-ovate, 10–15 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, broadening in fruit. Corolla tube 5–6 mm long, lobes 5–8 mm long. Anthers 6–7 mm long, hairy; appendages 4–6 mm long. Mericarps 4, outer surface smooth and ± mottled, inner surface wrinkled; leaving a conspicuous gynobase.
Distribution and occurrence: north from Menindee district.
Grows in open communities, often on sand dunes or rocky hills.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, CWS, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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