Scientific Name:
Buglossoides arvensis (L.) I.M.Johnst. (1952)
  • Lithospermum arvense L.

Densely hairy annual with erect, branched or simple stems, to c. 50 cm high. Basal lvs shortly petiolate, to 5 × 1 cm, oblong or nearly so; hairs slightly appressed, with pulvinate bases above; apex obtuse to acute; upper lvs sessile, smaller, linear or linear-oblong. Cymes short, < leafy bracts. Calyx divided ± to base; lobes linear or linear-lanceolate, to c. 1 cm long at fruiting, with spreading hairs. Corolla scarcely > calyx, c.  5–10 mm long; limb c. 3–4 mm diam., white or whitish, glabrous outside except near base. Stamens inserted below middle of corolla tube. Nutlets 3–3.5 × 2–2.5 mm, ovoid-trigonous, tuberculate, greyish brown.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Lithospermum arvense L.]


Flowering: Oct.–Nov.

Cecchi, L.; Coppi, A.; Hilger, H.H.; Selvi, F. 2014: Non-monophyly of Buglossoides (Boraginaceae: Lithospermeae): Phylogenetic and morphological evidence for the expansion of Glandora and reappraisal of Aegonychon. Taxon 63(5): 1065–1078.
Mabberley, D.J. 2017: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 4. Cambridge University Press.