Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennial herbs, mostly covered with long, spreading, broad-based hairs. Rosette leaves petiolate, entire; cauline leaves alternate, widely spaced, sessile, reducing toward inflorescence. Inflorescences terminal and upper-axillary, of several simple short, dense, monochasial, scorpioid cymes; at least the lower flowers with bracts. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 5, connate basally, elongating with age; corolla regular, 5-lobed, funnel-shaped, glabrous except for hairs on the 5 tongue-like scales in throat, lobes spreading; stamens included in corolla-tube, anthers ellipsoid, subsessile; ovary 4-lobed, 4-celled, style filiform, about as long as stamens, stigma entire, capitate. Fruit splitting into 4 mericarps, leaving a gynobase with 4 concave depressions; mericarps ovoid, longitudinally ridged, reticulate, minutely tuberculate, attached by a small funicle within a saccate areole.

Monotypic genus from western Europe.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
Higher taxa
genus Pentaglottis
Subordinate taxa