Shrub, to 4 m high. Fl. white/cream/red/blue/purple, Jun or Aug to Dec or Jan. Calcareous sands, clay, laterite, granite, limestone. Variety of habitats.
Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province, South-West Province.
IBRA Regions: Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions: Avon Wheatbelt P2, Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Lesueur Sandplain, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth.
IMCRA Regions: Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs): Augusta Margaret River, Busselton, Carnamah, Chapman Valley, Cockburn, Coorow, Dandaragan, Fremantle, Gingin, Greater Geraldton, Irwin, Mandurah, Moora, Northampton, Plantagenet, Ravensthorpe, Shark Bay, Victoria Plains, Wanneroo.
Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 40-110 mm long, 25-125 mm wide, tripartitely lobed or palmately lobed, complexly (twice-)lobed; margins crenate; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 40-50 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 7-12.5 mm long, the lobes free, glabrous. Calyx green, 20-25 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla white, red, blue, purple or cream, 50-75 mm long, hairs or scales present, stellate hairs present. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 3-5 mm long; anthers 1.2-1.5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 30-35 mm long, with five style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present; apex rounded; prickles absent (except perhaps a terminal awn); calyx persistent to mature fruit; carpels 3-5; seeds per loculus ≥5. Flowering time January, June, August, September, October, November or December. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean or South-West, IBRA Bioregion Yalgoo, Geraldton Sandplains, Swan Coastal Plain, Avon Wheatbelt, Jarrah Forest or Esperance.
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