Verbena officinalis var. officinalis

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stem and branches scabrous-pubescent, glandular. Lower leaves dentate, not incised to near midrib, segments to 12 mm long, obtuse, scabrous and glandular; upper leaves not divided to midrib, serrate. Inflorescence glandular or viscid, scabrous or hirsute. Flowers distant in lower part of the rachis, sessile; bracts ovate-lanceolate, hirsute and glandular abaxially, glabrous adaxially, usually up to half the length of calyx, sometimes almost equal in length as calyx. Calyx pubescent-hirsute and glandular on the ribs outside, glabrous inside. Corolla tube puberulous outside above the calyx, cylindrical. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*HNF, *VVP. Naturalized predominantly in dry interior regions of eastern Australia in disturbed sites such as edges of roads and tracks and in pasture land, often in moist soil. Known in Victoria from near Tallangatta in the north-east and from Darebin Creek near Melbourne. Native to the Mediterranean region.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-07-19
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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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. officinalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Verbena officinalis var. officinalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales