Common name: Pelisser's Toadflax
Linaria pelisseriana (L.) Mill. APNI*
Description: Erect slender glabrous annual 20–70 cm high.
Short non-flowering shoots with leaves in whorls of 3, lamina elliptic to ovate, 0.6–1 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide; flowering shoots with erect, alternate leaves, lamina linear, 1–4 cm long, 0.5–1 mm wide.
Inflorescence few- to many-flowered, at first short and dense, elongating in fruit, up to 25 cm long; bracts 2–4 mm long; pedicels 3–6 mm long. Sepals fused only at base, 3–4 mm long. Corolla 6–9 mm long, purple-violet with whitish pubescent palate closing mouth; spur 7–9 mm long; upper lip pointed outwards with 2 narrow elongate lobes, lower lip shorter with recurved lobes.
Capsule 2-lobed with 2 globose lobes, 2.2–2.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows chiefly in disturbed sites along roadsides, railway lines, in pasture and in woodland. Native of S Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, ?SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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