Scientific Name:
Camelina alyssum (Mill.) Thell.
Vernacular Name(s):
False flax

Erect annual herb. Stems 30–40–(60) cm tall, with sparse to quite dense stellate hairs mixed with a few simple hairs, becoming glabrous above. Lower lvs clothed in stellate hairs, usually with a few simple hairs as well, narrowly obovate to oblanceolate, toothed to sinuate to pinnatifid, 2–7 cm long; upper lvs smaller, sparsely stellate-hairy, narrow-lanceolate, usually entire, auriculate at base. Racemes erect; pedicels spreading, 1.5–2–(2.5) cm long. Sepals 2–3 × 0.5–0.8 mm, with sparse long simple hairs. Petals pale yellow, narrow-spathulate, 3–4 × c. 1 mm. Stamens slightly < petals. Silicles obovoid, truncate or slightly retuse at apex, 7–10 × 6–8 mm; style persistent, 1–3 mm long; valves olive green at maturity. Seeds 2–2.5 mm long.

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


Flowering: Oct.–Dec.; Fruiting: Oct.–Dec.