Anchusa arvensis (L.) M.Bieb.

Wild Bugloss

Fl. Taur.-Caucas 1: 123 (1808) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual or biennial, 15–60 cm high; branches covered with stiff, coarse, spreading hairs. Leaves densely hairy, apex obtuse or rounded, margins undulate-dentate; rosette leaves linear-oblanceolate, 2.5–20 cm long, 3–20 mm wide; cauline leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, becoming smaller towards inflorescence. Bracts as long as sepals; sepals 3.5–5 mm long, acute, connate only at base, elongating to c. 12 mm in fruit, hairy; corolla zygomorphic, 5–9 mm long, curved, blue, rarely white, lobes suborbicular, 3–5 mm long, unequal; stamens inserted about halfway up the corolla-tube. Mericarps 2–4 mm long, with a longitudinal keeled ridge on one side, brown; areole narrower than base of mericarp. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

*EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *OtP, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe. In Victoria known by a few near-coastal collections (Portland, Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, Yarram) from disturbed sandy soils.

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, 2019-04-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Anchusa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Anchusa arvensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Anchusa arvensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory