Description: Herbs, glabrous or pubescent, usually with erect to prostrate forked scapes.
Leaves basal, with conspicuous axillary hairs.
Flowers in axillary dichasia or rarely solitary, bracteolate; pedicels not articulate. Sepals 5 or 3, free or partly fused, upper one often larger. Corolla yellow to brownish or white to pink, usually free from ovary almost to base, auriculate, 2-lipped; lobes equal or unequal; anterior spur often conspicuous. Stamens free from each other, almost hypogynous. Ovary ± superior, incompletely 2-locular; indusium erect, with bristles on lips; ovules several.
Fruit a 2- or 4-valved capsule; seeds flat, winged or with a thickened rim, caruncle absent.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 21 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 21 species (20 species endemic), all States.
Text by R. C. Carolin
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|2||Bracteoles fused to each other||Velleia connata|
|Bracteoles free or nearly so|
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|3||Lobes of corolla more or less equal; indusium narrow-oblong||Velleia arguta|
|Lobes of corolla unequal; indusium ovate to depressed-ovate|
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|4||Peduncles pubescent; indusium ovate||Velleia paradoxa|
|Peduncles glabrous or nearly so; indusium depressed-ovate|
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|5||Bracteoles fused together||Velleia perfoliata|
|Bracteoles free from each other|
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|6||Corolla lobes more or less equal; peduncles usually shorter than leaves||Velleia montana|
|Corolla lobes very unequal; peduncles usually longer than leaves|
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|7||Peduncles pubescent||Velleia spathulata|
|Peduncles glabrous or glabrescent|
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|8||Upper sepal cordate at base||Velleia lyrata|
|Upper sepal not cordate at base|
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