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Paterson's curse

Scientific Name
Echium plantagineum
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, C (1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Lamiales: Boraginaceae )
Reliability
High
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Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Pictured: Carpel or individual segment of an aggregate fruit (mericarp)

Description

Mericarp Colour: Variable - Light/Dark brown

Mericarp Length: 1 - 2mm

Mericarp Sculpture: Pappilate, Carinate

Mericarp Shape: Wedge

Annual or rarely biennial herbs to 120 cm high with one or more erect stems from the base; hairs dense, fine, spreading.

Leaves oblanceolate to obovate in the rosette, to 30 cm long and 8 cm wide, becoming shorter above, base cordate, lamina densely hairy.

Inflorescence conical, of many spreading cymes. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 8–11 mm long, becoming longer in fruit. Corolla zygomorphic, 20–30 mm long, purplish blue to purple, rarely pinkish or white; lobes shorter than the tube. Mericarps black to greyish brown, wrinkled.

Source: Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
08/11/2011 02:49 AEST
Last Updated
17/01/2013 15:11 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2011) Paterson's curse (Echium plantagineum) Updated on 1/17/2013 3:11:39 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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