Linaria pelisseriana (L.) Mill.

Pelisser's Toadflax

Gard. Dict. no., edn 8, 11 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Slender, erect, glabrous annual 20–70 cm high. Short non-flowering shoots with leaves in whorls of 3, elliptic to ovate, 0.6–1 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide; flowering shoots with erect, alternate leaves, linear, 1–4 cm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Inflorescence few–many-flowered, at first short and dense, elongating in fruit; bracts 2–4 mm long; pedicels 3–6 mm long. Sepals fused only at base, 3–4 mm long; corolla 6–9 mm long, purple-violet with whitish pubescent palate closing mouth, spur backwards-directed from tube, 7–9 mm long, upper lip pointed outwards with 2 narrow elongate lobes, lower lip shorter with recurved lobes. Capsule with 2 globose lobes, 2.2–2.5 mm long; seeds fimbriate. Flowers spring.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to southern Europe. Widespread weed of grassland and woodland communities, chiefly in disturbed sites along roadsides and railway lines, and in pasture etc.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. 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
order Lamiales
genus Linaria
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Linaria pelisseriana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Linaria pelisseriana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory