Common name: Henbit, Dead Nettle
Lamium amplexicaule L. APNI*
Description: Herb to 40 cm high; branches mainly from the base; sparsely to densely hairy.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate, 0.7–2 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide; apex obtuse to rounded; base truncate to cordate; margins crenate and/or lobed; petiole 1–5 cm long.
Peduncle 4–15 cm long or shorter on lateral branches. Calyx 5–7 mm long, many-veined; lobes 3–4.5 mm long. Corolla 14–20 mm long, pale pink to rose-coloured, with darker spots; tube much longer than calyx and both lips; upper lobes hooded. Stamens enclosed in hood of upper lobe.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread weed, especially of crops and disturbed sites. Native to or an early introduction to Eur., W Asia & northern Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Can cause 'staggers' if eaten by stock.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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