Derwentia Raf.

Commemorating the Derwent River, Tas, where the first known species of this genus was discovered.

Shrubs or woody herbs, often short-lived. Leaves opposite, stalkless or with short, broad stalks, toothed, entire or cut. Flower clusters lateral with numerous flowers. Calyx 4-lobed. Corolla with a short tube and 4 lobes, white, lavender, blue or pink. Stamens 2, fused to the petals. Fruit capsule usually flattened.

Seed and cuttings.

Differs from Parahebe in having a throat with a dense ring of hairs, stamens not spreading and flower clusters of mostly more than 20 flowers.

8 species endemic to SE Australia, mostly tablelands and cool-temperate regions.

Briggs & Ehrendorfer (1992).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Plantaginaceae