Verbena litoralis Kunth APNI*
Synonyms: Verbena litoralis Kunth var. litoralis APNI*
Description: Herb 0.3–1 m high; branches erect, quadrangular, smooth.
Leaves shortly petiolate or sessile; lower leaves variously acutely serrate, 1- or 2-pinnatifid, 2–7 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide; upper leaves incised to subentire, smaller than lower leaves, usually ± narrowly ovate; base ± acute; apex acute.
Inflorescence a lax terminal panicle with long branches ending in a spike. Bracts at least reaching top of calyx, with peduncle, bracts and calyx strongly glandular. Calyx 5-toothed, 2.5–3 mm long. Corolla pale pink or lilac, slightly longer than calyx; tube c. 2.5 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasional weed of NC, CC, possibly NT, ST, NWS; also Qld. Native of S. America.
An occasional weed of wastelands and in open areas along river courses, roads and tracks.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *ST, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by B.J. Conn (1992)
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