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Stemodia florulenta W.R.Barker
Family Plantaginaceae
Common name: Blue-rod

Stemodia florulenta W.R.Barker APNI*

Synonyms: Morgania floribunda Benth. APNI*

Description: Faintly scented perennial herbs to > 80 cm high, sometimes suckering, with erect branches, glabrous but rarely for tiny aculeate non-glandular hairs on the branches and leaves, particularly the inflorescence.

Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4; basal ones oblanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 1–5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, margins toothed.

Flowers in racemose inflorescences, 2 or 3 in clusters in the bract axils (1 often with a shoot early in flowering); pedicels usually 2–5 mm long. Sepals 3–6 mm long. Corolla 4–7 mm long, blue-purple; tube white at base, yellow apically; lower lips spreading, recurved.

Capsule 3.5–5 mm long.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Flowering: chiefly spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Often grows in saline sands, loams or clays, in temporarily inundated sites; widespread in inland districts, west from Narrabri district.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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