Common name: Italian Bugloss
Echium italicum L. APNI*
Description: Biennial or perennial herbs to 80 cm high, usually single-stemmed; hairs spreading, short and dense.
Leaves oblanceolate in the rosette, becoming linear-lanceolate or elliptic above, 6–30 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, base cuneate, lamina densely hairy; petiolate.
Inflorescence conical with many spreading cymes. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 6–7.5 mm long, becoming longer in fruit. Corolla ± actinomorphic, 10–12 mm long, cream to yellow; lobes half the length of the tube. Mericarps greyish-brown, wrinkled.
Distribution and occurrence: uncommon weed, chiefly from Young–Finley. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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