Scientific Name:
Fumaria bastardii Boreau
Vernacular Name(s):
Bastard's fumitory

Tufted, ± erect, rarely scrambling, annual herb. Lvs quite close-set; lamina dissected, glaucous, up to 8 × 6 cm; segments broad, oblong to oblanceolate to cuneiform. Infl. elongated, with > 20 fls; rachis > peduncle. Peduncle 2–3–(5) cm long. Bracts oblong, acute, < pedicels, 1.5–2 mm long; pedicels spreading to erecto-patent at flowering and fruiting, (2)–3–5 mm long. Sepals elliptic, usually dentate to fimbriate near base, subacute, 2.5–3.5 × 1.5–2 mm. Corolla pink to purplish with dark purple to black wings and tips, 10–13 mm long; lateral and lower petals often with golden yellow midvein; lower petal spoon-shaped at tip but without spreading margins. Fr. globose to obovoid, rugose when dry, weakly keeled, c. 2.5 × 2.5 mm; apex rounded; apical pits small.

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


Flowering: Aug.–Jan.–(Apr.); Fruiting: Aug.–Jan.–(Apr.)