Common name: Spur Velleia
Velleia paradoxa R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, softly pubescent.
Leaves obovate to elliptic, 7–25 cm long, 15–35 mm wide, margins ± toothed, often glabrescent.
Scapes ascending or decumbent, to 40 cm high; bracteoles free, oblong to ovate, to 4 cm long. Sepals 5, free; upper one ovate to oblong, 4–9 mm long. Corolla 10–20 mm long, with spur to 8 mm long, yellow, pubescent outside, glabrous or sparsely hairy inside; wings almost to base of inferior lobes, to 3 mm wide. Indusium obovate, 3–6 mm wide, orifice very curved.
Capsule ± compressed-ovoid, c. 5 mm diam., mostly pubescent; seeds circular, 3–5 mm diam., smooth; wing to 1 mm wide.
Flowering: chiefly August–February
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest and grassland, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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