Common name: Red Bartsia
Parentucellia latifolia (L.) Caruel APNI*
Description: Slender erect annual 5–30 cm high, covered by soft glandular and stiff non-glandular hairs.
Leaves ovate to broad-ovate, 3–15 mm long, 2–7 mm wide, margins toothed, upper leaves with 2 or rarely 3 pairs of teeth.
Racemes dense, with few to many subsessile flowers. Calyx 6–7 mm long, elongating to 8–10 mm long in fruit, ribbed. Corolla 8–10 mm long persistent in fruit, red-purple with the inner face of the lobes pink, rarely white throughout, with a slender tube and very short narrow upper and lower lips. Anthers yellow.
Capsule narrow-ovoid to ellipsoid, 6–7 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland, in disturbed or overgrazed moist sites; south from Gloucester and the Hunter Valley. Native of Medit. region.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by W. R. Barker
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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