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Range: Prince regent to Drysdale Rivers, northern W. Australia

Part of the “indica complex,” this species is endemic to the northern tip of Western Australia in the Kimberley region, where it grows in sandy or peaty soils near seasonally wet lagoons or depressions. Plants may reach 6 inches tall with relatively short stems for the complex, and apetiolate, tapering linear leaves. Coloration is typically bright green throughout, occasionally tinting red, with light red tentacles. The thick flower stalks bear large lavender blooms on long pedicels, the petals broad and roughly obovate surrounding delicate curving stigmas around large anthers. This species is distinct from others in the complex by possessing tiny white glands along the stem and unique yellow-beige non-glandular trichomes on the upper surface of the leaf base, often described as “potato chip” in appearance.


Cultivation: Grow in a sandy peat soil, kept moist to wet and moderately humid with high temperatures year round. Sow seeds on soil surface, and grow in full sun.

Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces via seeds only; cuttings not reported successful.


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