Anchusa capensis Thunb.

Cape Forget-me-not

Prodr. Pl. Cap. 34 (1794) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual or biennial herb, 15–50 cm high; branches covered with fine, spreading hairs. Leaves densely hairy, apex acute, margins entire; rosette leaves oblanceolate, 4–25 cm long, 3–25 mm wide; cauline leaves lanceolate. Bracts as long as or shorter than sepals; sepals 4–5 mm long, obtuse, connate for half to two-thirds their length, scarcely elongating in fruit, hairy; corolla regular, 6–8 mm long, blue with a white throat, lobes broad-ovate, c. 3 mm long; stamens inserted just below throat of corolla. Mericarps c. 2 mm long, with a longitudinal keeled to winged ridge on one side, pale brown; areole about as wide as or wider than base of mericarp. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

*CVU, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA. Native to South Africa. Known in Victoria only from near Red Cliffs, Port Fairy and near Portsea, where growing in disturbed sandy soils.

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, 2019-04-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Anchusa
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales