Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Scorpiurus L., Sp. Pl. 744-745 (1753)

Herbs.  Lvs simple, entire, stipulate, 3–5-veined;  blade continuous with petiole.  Infl. axillary, umbellate or fls solitary;  bracts minute; bracteoles 0.  Calyx campanulate;  calyx teeth ± equal;  upper 2 teeth somewhat connate.  Corolla yellow or purplish.  Vexillary stamen free, remainder connate;  anthers uniform.  Style inflexed;  stigma terminal. Pod lomentaceous, indehiscent, subterete, spirally twisted, deeply ribbed; ribs often tuberculate or spinous;  seeds estrophiolate.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Scorpiurus L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.