Common name: Vipers Bugloss
Echium vulgare L. APNI*
Description: Biennial herbs to 90 cm high with one or more erect stems from the base; hairs appressed to spreading, dense, white.
Leaves oblanceolate in the rosette, to 15 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, becoming shorter and narrower above, base cuneate, lamina densely hairy with coarser hairs along veins.
Inflorescence conical with many spreading cymes. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, becoming longer in fruit. Corolla zygomorphic, 12–15 mm long, blue; lobes shorter than the tube. Mericarps pale brown, tuberculate.
Flowering: late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: naturalised in disturbed places or pastoral land; south from Grafton district. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *SWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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