Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Stemodia lythrifolia F.Muell. ex Benth.
Bentham, G. (1868) Flora Australiensis 4: 486. Type: N. Australia. Common on the rocky islands of the N.W. coast, A. Cunningham, Bynoe; Upper Victoria river, F. Mueller; islands of the Gulf of Carpentaria, R. Brown.
Aromatic subshrub with erect branches up to 80 cm tall; whole plant clothed in dense pale hairs and sessile yellow glandular hairs.
Leaves strongly aromatic when crushed. Leaf blades 30-60 x 6-10 mm, auriculate with petioles very short or nil. Leaf blade densely clothed in pale hairs.
Flowers 12-40 in several dense spikes, 4-angled in fruit; arranged singly in the axils of the bracts; bracts ovate, acute. Sepals more or less equal, 2.5-6 mm long. Corolla white to mauve with deep mauve throut and sometimes striations that extend onto the lobes, 4-5 mm long with long hairs in the throat. Stamens markedly unequal with paired anthers connate.
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In the Kimberley, leaves of this plant are chewed if tobacco is not available (Clarke ).