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European bishop

Scientific Name
Bifora testiculata
Scientific Author
(Spreng)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Apiales: Apiaceae)
Reliability
High
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Seed Project
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Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Description

Seed Colour: Straw coloured, Yellow

Seed Length: 2 - 4mm

Seed Sculpture: Castellated, Rugose, Striate

Seed Shape: Balloon shaped

Bifora (Bifora testiculata) is an erect, annual herb which grows to a height of 40 cm and has a strong foetid smell when crushed. Its greenish stems are hairless and ribbed lengthwise. The stems bear alternately arranged leaves that have a somewhat ferny or carrot-like appearance. The leaves of younger plants are slightly hairy and deeply lobed. As plants mature, the leaves become more divided, like those of a carrot, with narrow pointed segments. The flowers are in small compound umbels (umbrella shaped groups) of two to five. There are five pinkish stamens. Each flower has five small white petals and two curved styles which sit on top of a small green two-lobed ovary. The fruit is two-lobed, wrinkled, about 2.5-3.5 mm long, 4.5-7 mm wide, indented at the base and has a short beak at the apex Source: See Web Links Weeds in Australia
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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
13/02/2012 04:23 AEST
Last Updated
17/01/2013 10:59 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2012) European bishop (Bifora testiculata) Updated on 1/17/2013 10:59:06 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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