OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales? order assignment uncertain

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 161-04-001:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed


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image of Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ecvu_001_lvd

        

image of Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_34

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Pronounced "bew-gloss" not "bug-loss," referring to an ox's tongue, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_34b

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Corolla conspicuously irregular, lobes rounded and spreading, the throat open, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss, Blueweed

JK Marlow    jkm0507f_01

July    Greenbrier County    WV

Roadside

Cauline lvs oblong to linear-lanceolate, sessile, progressively smaller upward, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 161-04-001:
Echium vulgare   FAMILY Boraginaceae

 

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2008

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

Habitat: Roadsides, dry pastures, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bright blue-violet/ White or pink with age
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-parted calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

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