Cynoglossum suaveolens R.Br.

Sweet Hound's-tongue

Prodr. 495 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Herb to c. 50 cm high. Basal leaves narrow- to broad-spathulate, 7–20 cm long, 7–25 mm wide; petiole 3–5 cm long; stem leaves lanceolate, decreasing in size towards inflorescence, apex acute, base obtuse, margins often undulate, sessile. Bracts leaf-like. Pedicels 2–20 mm long; sepals elliptic, 1.5–3 mm long, obtuse or rounded, connate in basal third, elongating slightly with age; corolla 3–4.5 mm long, glabrous except for papillose 2-lobed scales in throat, white or blue, tube slightly longer than the obtuse lobes; anthers to c. 1 mm long, apically constricted but lacking an appendage; style c. 1.5 mm long. Mericarps subglobose, 4–5 mm long, without a winged rim, pale brown; spines more or less equally scattered on the outer surface. Flowers mainly Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread through most of the State, usually in moist places in open-forests and woodlands.

Flowers strongly and sweetly fragrant in warm weather. At least some populations include colonial, rhizomatous plants.

Apparent intergeneric hybrids with Austrocynoglossum latifolium have been observed. See note after that 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: Neville Walsh, 2019-10-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Cynoglossum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cynoglossum suaveolens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cynoglossum suaveolens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory