7480.000 Linaria L. - Toadflaxes

Description of the genus

Herbs. Leaves whorled below, alternate above, narrow, sessile, entire. Flowers in terminal spikes. Calyx deeply 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped: tube with a basal spur; upper lip 3-lobed with a prominent basal palate; lower lip 2-lobed. Stamens 4, didynamous. Ovary with many ovules in each loculus. Fruit a capsule, opening by 4-10 apical valves. Seeds winged.

Derivation of name: Linaria: flax (Linum)-like, referring to the similarity in the leaves of some species

Worldwide: c. 150 species in temperate Europe, Asia and N Africa; widely naturalised elsewhere.

Britain: 2 cultivated taxa.

Linaria purpurea

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

purpurea (L.) Mill.Description, Image
vulgaris Mill.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Linaria:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Linaria
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Linaria
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Linaria
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Linaria
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Linaria

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-21

Hyde, M.A. (2021). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: genus page: Linaria.
https://www.ukflora.info/cult/genus.php?genus_id=811, retrieved 25 October 2021

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