Misopates

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs. Leaves opposite below, narrow, margins entire, subsessile. Flowers in terminal bracteate racemes. Sepals unequal, longer than corolla-tube; corolla 2-lipped, tube swollen at base into a pouch on the lower side, upper lip 2-lobed, lower lip 3-lobed, with a prominent palate at base closing the mouth; stamens 4, in pairs of unequal length; stigma capitate. Capsule with 2 unequal locules, the narrower upper loculus opening by a single apical pore, the lower by 2 pores; seeds many, flat but thick, with one face smooth, narrowly winged, the other with a thick undulate minutely papillose rim, surrounding a hollow sometimes with a central ridge or row of a few tubercles.

3 species, probably all from the Mediterranean region; 1 species naturalised in Australia.

Antirrhinum, the genus of commonly cultivated snapdragons, differs by its perennial habit, more or less equal sepals, and wrinkled-reticulate seeds.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
Higher taxa
genus Misopates
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