Bud stem, ~5mm bud length
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Other Small Plants|
|Species:||Wild Sage (Salvia verbenaca var verbenaca)|
|This Photo:||Bud stem, profile|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We found one of these on Ellura and took forever to work it out. In SA, it is considered a synonym of Salvia verbanaca.
However it's different. It's leaves are not as lobed and fatter. It doesn't smell when crushed. It has red tints throughout the stems & leaves. Unfortunately the flower stem was eaten before we could get a photo of the flowers; only managing to photo buds.
It is certainly a strong relationship, and a sub-species makes sense to us. But being a synonym doesn't.
In the past they have been called "Type A" & "Type B". Now they have names.
This sub-species is recognised on the national ANBG web site.