Syst. Nat. 2: 435 (1821) APNI
Annual herbs to 50 cm high with glandular hairs. Stems erect, sometimes branched above. Leaves oblanceolate or oblong, mostly 2.5–8 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide; base cuneate or attenuate; margins sinuate-dentate. Sepals purplish, 4–5 mm long; petals purple, 8–10(–12) mm long, obtuse at apex; filaments 4–6(–7) mm long. Fruit curved upwards near apex, 3–4 cm long (including beak); valves corky, constricted between seeds, segments eventually breaking off in pairs (not splitting along the septum); seeds brown, oblong, 1–1.5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
*MuM. Native to China and Europe, first recorded near Boort in 1941, but plants only beginning to spreading more recently. It is now regarded as a weed of cereal crops in the eastern Mallee region, with plants also beginning to spread along disturbed roadsides in that area.
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