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Common name: Twiggy Mullein, Green Mullein
Verbascum virgatum Stokes APNI*
Description: Erect biennial herb 1–2 m high, with a glandular pubescence in upper parts, sparser on lower surface and longer, simple or branched non-glandular hairs densest in the lower parts.
Lower leaves obovate to elliptic, lamina 8–30 cm long, 3–10 cm wide, margins toothed and sometimes sinuate, base tapering into petiole, upper leaves sessile and stem-clasping.
Racemes usually simple, 30–80 cm long; flowers in clusters of 1–6 on short axillary branches, or the flowers solitary in the bract axils; bracts 5–20 mm long; pedicels 2–5 mm long, longer in fruit. Sepals 5–8 mm long. Corolla yellow with purple centre, rotate, 3–4 cm diam., upper lobes shortest. Stamens 5; filaments densely villous; 3 upper stamens with reniform anthers, 2 lower stamens longer, 7–9 mm long, with anthers reniform but obliquely inserted and decurrent along filament.
Capsule globose, 5–8 mm long, glandular-hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed ground, often along roadsides and near habitations; widespread. Native of W Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by W. R. Barker & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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