Introduced plant (origin: garden escapee)
Common name: Linaria
Flower: many tubular flowers of mauve, blue, purple or white - upper lip pointed up, larger lower lip recurved, curved spike from back of tube. Sepals hairy. Spring is the main flowering period.
Leaves and stem: 10 to 40cm tall plant, simple or multi-branched. Lower leaves are whorled, upper leaves alternate, linear up to 3.5cm long and 4mm wide.
Habit: Erect annual herb, usually massed.
Habitat: In the Pilliga, the introduced plant Linaria arvensis grows chiefly in disturbed areas along roadsides and abandoned railway tracks, and pastures. It also occurs in Vic, but not in coastal areas.
|Whorled lower leaves of Linaria arvensis|
|A multi-branched example of Linaria arvensis in sandy soil on roadside|
|Single-stemmed Linaria arvensis|
|Common habitat of Linaria arvensis in the Pilliga is in pastures|