Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis (Sibth. & Sm.) Ball

Night-scented Stock

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 68: 194 (1963) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual, to 50 cm high. Leaves toothed to pinnately lobed at base, becoming entire towards inflorescence, petiolate. Sepals 8–11 mm long; petals 15–25 mm long, purple to pink. Fruit erect to spreading, linear, 4–15 cm long, 1–2 mm wide; valves convex; apex with two lateral horns curved upwards, 2–10 mm long; pedicels spreading, 1–3 mm long.  Flowers throughout year, opening at night or on dull days (presumably pollinated by moths).

*MuM, *VVP, *Wim. Occasional garden-escape in Wimmera and near Swan Hill.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-06-27
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised

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South Australia