Common name: Wild Bugloss
Anchusa arvensis (L.) M.Bieb. APNI*
Synonyms: Lycopsis arvensis L. APNI*
Description: Erect herb to 60 cm high; hairs stiff, spreading.
Basal leaves linear-oblanceolate, to 15 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, becoming shorter and oblong to ± lanceolate towards apex; margins undulate-toothed.
Inflorescence a compact cyme which elongate with maturity. Sepals narrow-ovate, divided almost to base, 3.5–5 mm long, expanding to 8 mm in fruit. Corolla zygomorphic with the tube curved and the lobes unequal, 5.5–8 mm long, 4–6 mm diam., blue or rarely whitish. Stamens inserted about halfway up the tube. Mericarps ovoid, 1.5–2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: south from Armidale. Native of Europe.
Weed of disturbed sites.
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson; updated B.M.Wiecek Aug 2017
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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