Amsinckia menziesii (Lehm.) Nelson & J.F.Macbr.

Rigid Fiddle-neck

Bot. Gaz. (Crawfordsville) 61: 36 (1916) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect herb, 10–80 cm high; stems strigose and with many short fine hairs. Leaves hirsute with appressed or spreading hairs, apex acute, base cuneate to subcordate, margins more or less flat; rosette leaves linear to lanceolate, 3–12 cm long, 5–15 mm wide; cauline leaves linear-lanceolate, becoming smaller towards inflorescence. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, acute, scarcely connate at base, elongating to 5–11 mm in fruit; corolla 5–7 mm long, throat open and glabrous, pale yellow, tube much longer than lobes; stamens inserted in corolla throat. Mericarps ovoid, 2.5–3.5 mm long, 1 or 2 frequently aborted, not or only weakly transversely wrinkled; dorsal ridge and faces covered with spine-tipped tubercles. Flowers spring.

*MuM. Native to North America. Known from a single site near Carwarp in the far north-west of the state but possibly more widespread and confused with other species.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Amsinckia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Amsinckia menziesii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Amsinckia menziesii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced

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