|Delicate mauve tubular flowers of Hemigenia cuneifolia|
Family - Lamiaceae
Common name - nil
Flowers - Mauve tubular flowers (8mm long) with upper lip 2-lobed, lower lip longer and 3-lobed [differs from Prostanthera in having 5-toothed calyx, not 2-lipped]. Flowers occur in leaf axils. Can flower from Aug to Apr. I have seen them flowering in Oct.
Leaves - Flat, wedged-shaped leaves in whorls of 3, up to 3cm long and 4mm wide, with a pointed apex. The central vein on the upper surface of the leaf is depressed.
Habit and habitat - Hemigenia cuneifolia is recorded to grow up to 2mt tall, but at this time I have only seen it growing to about 70cm high, and very spindly growth habit. It grows in dry sclerophyll forests on sandstone derived soils
|Positioning of flowers in leaf axils|
|Leaves of Hemigenia cuneifolia|
|Spindly, straggly habit of Hemigenia cuneifolia in The Pilliga|