|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Forget-me-not (Boraginaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Smooth Blue-flower (Halgania andromedifolia)|
|This Photo:||Bud & Leaf|
|Other name:||Lavender Halgania & Scented Blue-flower|
Thank you Ralph Foster & Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Smallish, stiff, shiny, green leaves. Pale green / white felted underneath.
Blossoms with a blue / pale-purple flower with 5 petals.
Leaves superficially resemble Beyeria lechenaultii leaves, but Halgania leaves are much larger and are pointy.
We've highlighted the effects of the drought here. In 2019 we had 135mm, compared to an average of ~270mm. The halgania were hard hit, as were many of our plants. You can see they've managed to survive, but will take years to recover to their former glory.
The flowering across Ellura in 2022 has been staggering. Further years of good rain will see the seeds produced from these flowers germinate and cover Ellura in healthy bushes again; in decades to come.