Verbena officinalis var. gaudichaudii Briq.

Annuaire Conserv. Jard. Bot. Geneve 10: 105 (1907)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Stem and branches pubescent or puberulous, not glandular. Lower leaves deeply incised-dentate almost to midrib, segments 2–5(–10) mm long, acute, strigillose above, strigillose on veins below, not glandular; upper leaves entire or sparsely dentate, narrow-linear or narrow-lanceolate. Inflorescence not glandular or viscid, pubescent to puberulous. Flowers crowded along rachis or distant in lower part; sessile; bracts ovate-lanceolate, puberulous abaxially, glabrous after anthesis, usually as long as the calyx, occasionally two-thirds the length of the calyx. Calyx hirsute-strigillose outside, minutely strigillose inside. Corolla-tube with hispid hairs outside, cylindric. Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, MuM, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim, *Strz. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread throughout the state in clay and loam soils in woodlands, besides watercourses, in disturbed sites along roads and in pastures.

Verbena officinalis var. gaudichaudii has had a long history of collection in Australia, with the type being collected by Gaudichaud from Port Jackson in 1819. Consequently, this taxon is considered native to Australia.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Verbenaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Verbena gaudichaudii (Briq.) P.W.Michael).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-07-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Verbenaceae
genus Verbena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Verbena officinalis var. gaudichaudii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Verbena officinalis var. gaudichaudii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory