Valerianella locusta (L.) Betcke


Animadv. Bot. Valer. 10 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Suberect or decumbent rosetted herb with branches to c. 40 cm long; branches with short bristly hairs mainly along ridges. Rosette leaves petiolate, broad-spathulate to ovate, mostly 2–7 cm long and 0.5–2 cm wide, glabrous except for a few hairs on margins and veins, obtuse, entire or sinuate; upper leaves c. sessile, becoming ovate-spathulate to lanceolate, entire or sinuate. Inflorescences of 1-several corymb-like dichasia, many-flowered; bracts oblong-spathulate, green, clasping flowers and fruit. Calyx reduced to a single minute tooth or rudimentary; corolla pale lilac, tube funnel-shaped, to c. 1 mm long, lobes oblong-lanceolate, to c. 1 mm long, sub-equal; stigma with 3 short thread-like branches. Cypsela subglobose, c. 2 mm long, slightly compressed, ridged on both sides, glabrous. Flowers mainly Oct. and Nov.

*Gold, *HSF. Native to Europe. Cultivated as a salad plant (the leaves are used in the same way as lettuce, Lactuca saligna L., but are coarser) and occasionally naturalised.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Valerianaceae. 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 Dipsacales
family Valerianaceae
genus Valerianella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Valerianella locusta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Valerianella locusta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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