Amsinckia calycina (Moris) Chater

Hairy Fiddle-neck

J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 64: 380 (1971) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect herb, 15–50 cm high; stems strigose and with short fine hairs. Leaves stiffly hairy, apex acute or obtuse, base cuneate to subcordate, margins undulate; rosette leaves linear-oblanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 2.5–10 cm long, 2–25 mm wide; cauline leaves linear-lanceolate, becoming smaller towards inflorescence. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, acute, scarcely connate at base, elongating to 5–7 mm in fruit; corolla 5–8 mm long, throat open and glabrous, pale yellow, tube much longer than lobes; stamens inserted in corolla throat. Mericarps ovoid, 2–2.5 mm long, not or only weakly transversely wrinkled, dorsal ridge covered with pointed tubercles, other surfaces covered with small rounded tubercles. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to South America. A weed of pastures, cultivated land and other disturbed sites, mostly north of the Great Dividing Range.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Amsinckia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Amsinckia calycina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Amsinckia calycina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present introduced
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory