Misopates orontium (L.) Raf.

Lesser Snapdragon

Autik. Bot. 158 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual 15–60 cm high, sparsely to moderately villous in the lower parts with eglandular hairs, glandular-pubescent (sometimes with longer eglandular hairs) and sometimes scabrous in upper parts. Leaves linear to lanceolate or narrow-elliptic, 1.5–6.5 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, margins entire and recurved. Racemes loose; bracts leaf-like but smaller; pedicels 1–3 mm long. Sepals 8–12 mm long; corolla 12–15 mm long, white with a blue, purple or pink flush at base and similarly coloured lines inside at base of the lower lip, or violet and red, or pink and purple. Capsule obliquely ovoid, 7–9 mm long, dark brown, glandular-hairy. Flowers throughout year.

*GipP, *Gold, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Probably native to the Mediterranean region, but widely naturalised through Europe. Cultivated, recorded as naturalised near Melbourne, Bendigo and Wodonga.

Source: Barker, W.R. (1999). Scrophulariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Misopates
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Misopates orontium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Misopates orontium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales