Species

Nemesia floribunda

Etymology

Nemesia: The name "Nemesia" is derived from the name "Nemesion", the generic name of a similar plant.

Authority

Nemesia floribunda Lehm.

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

NEMFLO

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Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Features

An annual or possibly short-lived perennial erect herb. It has hairless 4-angled stems to 30 cm tall which often branch from the base. The leaves are 1.5 - 6.5 cm long by 1 - 2.5 cm wide, hairless and ovate to upper lanceolate in shape, with coarse irregular serrations. The leaf base is truncated and rounded, with a slightly wavy leaf blade, while the tip is acute. The infloresence is lax, 3 - 12 cm long, with fragrant white flowers (8 - 11 mm long) on slender stalks. The calyx is minutely hairy. The flowers are bilobed, with the upper lip being 3 - 4mm long and the lower lip 5 - 6 mm long. The capsule is 10-12 long and 6-8 mm wide, and is broadly oblong in shape with a rounded base. The valves diverge at an obtuse angle. The seeds are about 1mm long, with broad wings. Flowers February - Sept.

Flower Colours

White,Yellow

Year Naturalised

1958

Origin

South Africa

This page last updated on 29 Mar 2010