polymorpha is a common and widespread species. It grows in
subalpine woodlands, lowland scrubby vegetation in wetter areas, and
occasionally in rainforest. It is an erect shrub with conspicuous
terminal spikes of cream flowers and leaves that are rusty hairy
underneath and have recurved margins. Although the common forms of
the two species are strikingly different, L. polymorpha intergrades
seamlessly with L. tinctoria (notably in the Lake St Claire
area). This could be the result of repeated hybridisation.