Alyssum linifolium Stephan ex Willd.

Flax-leaf Alyssum

Sp. Pl., edn 5, 3: 467 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Plant 4–25 cm high, erect; hairs stellate, appressed, white-grey. Leaves sessile or petiolate, linear, oblanceolate or obovate, to 2 cm long. Sepals 1.5–2 mm long; petals 2–3 mm long, apex slightly notched, white. Fruit circular, 3–7 mm long, 2–4 mm wide; pedicels erect or spreading, c. 2 mm long; seeds 2–6 per locule in 2 rows. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Apparently native to Europe and Asia. Apparently confined in Victoria to the north-west where occasional on clay pans to sandy loams.

Characterized by stems with stellate hairs, and fruits less than 10 mm long, flattened with the septum across broadest diam. and with more than 1 seed per locule.

Lobularia maritima is often called 'Alyssum'.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Alyssum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Alyssum linifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Alyssum linifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales