Scientific Name:
Kickxia elatine (L.) Dumort., Fl. Belg. (Dumortier) 35 (1827)
  • Antirrhinum elatine L., Sp. Pl. 612 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Fluellen; Kickxia

Annual or sometimes perennial. Stems much-branched and sometimes mat-forming, pilose, often densely so. Lvs petiolate, usually shortly so. Lamina to 4 × 2 cm, but often < 10 × 7 mm, ovate and always at least some hastate, sometimes only 1 side lobed, ± glandular-hairy; base cordate to truncate; apex obtuse and mucronate, acute or short-acuminate, less often rounded. Fls solitary or in axillary racemes. Pedicels long, slender, pilose throughout or only towards apex. Calyx 3–5 mm long, somewhat accrescent, hairy; lobes = or > tube, lanceolate to ovate, short-acuminate. Corolla 10–13 mm long including spur (in fresh specimens), pale yellow with purplish upper lip; spur straight or nearly so. Capsule 3–4 mm long. Seeds c. 1 mm long, broad-ellipsoid, strongly alveolate.

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

Number of subspecific taxa in New Zealand within Kickxia elatine (L.) Dumort.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2

Flowering: Nov.–Apr.