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Stemodia glabella W.R.Barker
Family Plantaginaceae
Common name: Smooth Bluerod

Stemodia glabella W.R.Barker APNI*

Synonyms: Morgania glabra R.Br. APNI*
Stemodia glabra APNI*

Description: Faintly scented perennial herbs to c. 40 cm high, tending to sucker; branches erect, with minute prickly non-glandular hairs dense on the pedicels and sepals, absent or sparse below.

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

Flowers in open racemes, single in the axils of bracts; pedicels 8–25 mm long. Sepals 4–6 mm long. Corolla 6–12 mm long, blue-purple; lower lip spreading, somewhat recurved, with 2 long white rarely suffused streaks behind the lower clefts.

Capsule 5–6 mm long.

Flowering: most of year following rain.

Distribution and occurrence: Commonly grows in clayey soil, particularly grey cracking clays, in open areas subject to temporary inundation; west from Boggabri.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP
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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