Scientific Name:
Navarretia squarrosa (Eschsch.) Hook. & Arn. (1839)
  • Hoitzia squarrosa Eschsch. (1826)
  • Gilia squarrosa (Eschsch.) Hook. & Arn. (1837)
Vernacular Name(s):
Californian stinkweed

Erect, viscid, foetid annual; stems to c. 40 cm high, branched from near base, glandular-hairy. Lvs rather ephemeral, the plant soon composed solely of a number of branches terminating in dense infls. Lamina of basal lvs to c. 8 cm long, finely dissected, with a central rachis bearing a number of filiform to linear pinnae; pinnae sometimes with 1–2 teeth. Bracts to c. 2 cm long, pinnately divided; pinnae linear, with apex and lobes spiny. Calyx 1–1.5 cm long; lobes < 1/2 length of tube, narrow-lanceolate, spine-tipped. Corolla scarcely > calyx, blue, broadly funnelform; lobes 2–3 mm long, narrow-elliptic to oblong. Stamens included. Capsule 4–5 mm long. Seeds 9–10 mm long, irregular, ± oblong, dark brown or blackish.

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


Flowering: Nov.–Apr.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.