Velleia perfoliata R.Br. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, mostly glabrous, glaucous.
Leaves elliptic to narrow-obovate, usually 10–12 cm long, mostly 3–4 cm wide, margins deeply toothed to entire.
Scapes erect, to 50 cm high; bracteoles fused into a disc-like funnel to 7 cm diam., margin toothed. Sepals 3, free; upper one broad-elliptic to ± circular, 5–8 mm long. Corolla 11–13 mm long, shortly spurred, yellow, usually pubescent outside except for glabrous wings, ± glabrous inside with enations; wings shorter than inferior lobes, usually < 1 mm wide. Indusium depressed-ovate, c. 3 mm wide; villous.
Capsule ± globose, c. 4 mm diam., glabrous; seeds elliptic, c. 3 mm diam., punctate; wing narrow.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath on shallow sandy soil over sandstone; confined to the Hawkesbury district to the upper Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, CWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by R. C. Carolin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.