Common name: Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus L. APNI*
Description: Annual herb with branches to c. 50 cm long, ± succulent.
Leaves peltate with lamina circular to reniform, 4–15 cm diam., margins ± sinuate, lamina glabrous, veins c. 9 and radiating from petiole; petiole 5–30 cm long.
Flowers axillary, solitary; peduncle often 15–25 cm long. Sepals 1–2 cm long; spur 2.5–3.5 cm long, straight or curved. Corolla 2.5–7 cm diam., usually red, yellow and orange.
Fruit indehiscent, c. 10 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: widely cultivated as an ornamental, naturalised in disturbed areas. Native of S America.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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