Plagiobothrys canescens Benth.

Valley Popcorn Flower

Pl. Hartw. 326 (1849) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Decumbent to ascending, branches spreading from base, to c. 40 cm long. Leaves linear to linear-oblanceolate, mostly 1–5 cm long, 1–10 mm wide, apex rounded, base cuneate, margins flat, villous. Bracts longer than sepals at anthesis. Pedicels to c. 2 mm long; sepals 5, narrow-ovate, initially 3–4 mm long, acute, villous, tips coppery in bud, connate in basal third, elongating to c. 6 mm, becoming tough, erect and loosely sheathing the ripening mericarps; corolla 2–3 mm long, glabrous, white, tube much longer than lobes; anthers narrow-ovoid, c. 0.4 mm long; ovary 4-lobed, style c. 0.5 mm long. Mericarps usually 4, 1–2 mm long, beaked, outer face papillate, longitudinally and transversely ridged forming a rectangular reticulum, dull, white. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

*Gold, *MuF, *NIS, *RobP, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW. Native to California. In Victoria known only from 3 collections along the Murray River in the vicinity of Yarrawonga from cultivated land and disturbed sites.

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, 2017-06-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Plagiobothrys canescens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Plagiobothrys canescens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

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New South Wales