L., Sp. Pl. 448 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Weld, wild (or dyers) mignonette.
Glabrous erect perennial, to 1.5 m high; leaves entire, decurrent; rosette leaves oblanceolate, more or less petiolate, margins sometimes undulate or slightly toothed near the base, upper leaves linear-lanceolate to narrow-ovate, sometimes apiculate.
Sepals 4, persistent, ovate-elliptic, sometimes lobed at the base, margins pale; petals 3 or 4, a pale yellow-cream; superior petal usually 5-7-lobed, lobing more or less one-third the length of the petal, variously incised; lateral petals smaller, 1-3-lobed; stamens 10-32, filaments persistent.
Capsule deeply furrowed, 3 prominent apical teeth, summit usually open; seeds c. 1 mm long, smooth, shiny.
Parsons (1973)Noxious weeds of Victoria, figs 209-212; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 337.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Native in the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and Afghanistan.
Flowering time: probably all year.
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Has been cultivated as a dye plant.
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