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Ironweed

Scientific Name
Lithospermum arvense
Scientific Author
Linnaeus, C (1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Lamiales: Boraginaceae )
Reliability
High
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Aggregate Fruit Lateral Variation
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Seed Project - schizocarp
Source
Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Pictured: Aggregate fruit (schizocarp), Carpel or individual fruit segment (mericarp)

Description:

Schizocarp appendages: Beaks, Ridges and grooves

Schizocarp Colour: Brown

Schizocarp Length: 5 - 7mm, Greater than 10mm

Schizocarp shape: Aggregate, Florate

Mericarp Colour: Variable - brown/yellow, Straw coloured, Grey

Mericarp Length: 2 - 4mm

Mericarp Sculpture: Pappilate, Striate, Tuberculate

Mericarp Shape: Wedge

Sepals linear, 4–6 mm long, becoming much longer in fruit. Corolla 6–7 mm long, white to cream, with hairy ridges running from the stamens to the throat. Mericarps c. 4 mm long, grey.

Source: Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

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Author
Clare McLellan
Created
31/07/2012 03:22 AEST
Last Updated
17/01/2013 15:05 AEST
Citation
Clare McLellan (2012) Ironweed (Lithospermum arvense ) Updated on 1/17/2013 3:05:26 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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