Amsinckia intermedia Fisch. & C.A.Meyer

Common Fiddle-neck

Ind. Sem. Hort. Petrop. 2: 26 (1835) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect herb, 30–100 cm high; stems sparsely strigose, often almost glabrous. Leaves stiffly hairy, apex acute, base cuneate to subcordate, margins undulate; rosette leaves lanceolate, 3–9 cm long, 5–15 mm wide; cauline leaves lanceo-late, becoming smaller towards inflorescence. Sepals narrow-lanceolate, 2–4 mm long, acute, scarcely connate at base, elongating to 5–7 mm in fruit; corolla 5–10 mm long, throat open and glabrous, orange or orange-yellow, tube somewhat longer than lobes; stamens inserted in corolla throat. Mericarps ovoid, 3–3.5 mm long, transversely wrinkled; dorsal and marginal ridges well developed, muricate. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to North America. A widespread weed of pastures, cultivated land and other 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: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Amsinckia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory