Common name: Stiff Westringia, Stiff Western Rosemary
Westringia rigida R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub, mostly 0.3–0.6 m high; branches stiff and often tangled.
Leaves mostly in whorls of 3; lamina ovate to lanceolate, usually 1.9–5.2 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, length to breadth ratio 2–7, margins entire and recurved to revolute, such that lower surface almost concealed; both surfaces sparsely to densely hairy; sessile.
Bracteoles 1–1.5 mm long. Calyx green, outer surface densely hairy; tube 2.6–3.6 mm long; lobes depressed ± triangular, 0.9–1.6 mm long, 1–1.7 mm wide; lobe to tube ratio 0.3–0.5. Corolla 6–7 mm long, white, often with a mauve tinge, with orange to orange-brown dots.
Flowering: mainly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly grows in mallee on sandy calcareous red soils and in dry sclerophyll forest; west from Goonoo Forest and northern Pilliga Scrub.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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