Collomia linearis Nutt.

Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 1: 126 (1818) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect annual to 60 cm high; stems usually simple, arising from taproots, with glandular hairs interspersed with short white retrorse eglandular hairs. Leaves narrowly lanceolate or linear, 1.5–6 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, entire, sessile. Flowers sessile in terminal and upper axillary heads with 5–30 flowers. Sepals 4–7 mm long, lobes lanceolate, acute, more or less equal in fruit, the tube chartaceous in fruit; corolla pink to purplish, 8–15 mm long, tube barely exceeding calyx, glandular externally; stamens unequally inserted in throat of corolla-tube, included in corolla throat; capsule ellipsoid, c. 5 mm long; seeds 1 per cell. Flowers late spring–summer.

Sparingly established in Tas. Native to western North America.

A garden escape collected on a few occasions over 90 years ago from scattered locations throughout the State.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Polemoniaceae
genus Collomia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Collomia linearis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Collomia linearis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced
Victorian Riverina extinct introduced
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map