Common name: Long-leaved Westringia
Westringia longifolia R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub 1–3 m high.
Leaves in whorls of 3; lamina linear, 12–35 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, length to breadth ratio 10–18, margins entire, ± flat; both surfaces very sparsely hairy or glabrous, rarely with lower surface moderately hairy; petiole 1–1.7 mm long.
Bracteoles 1–2 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface sparsely hairy to glabrescent, rarely moderately hairy; tube 2.4–3.5 mm long; lobes ± triangular, 1.6–2.8 mm long, 0.9–1.2 mm wide; lobe to tube ratio 0.7–1. Corolla 8–10 mm long, white to pale mauve with purple to light brown dots.
Flowering: throughout year.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in shrubland, often in rocky areas, in sandy or loamy soils, often associated with creeks and rivers; north from Mittagong district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
A small-leaved variant occurs on the summit of Mt Jellore.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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