Antirrhinum L.


Greek anti — opposite, rhis — snout, referring to the shape of the corolla.

Densely branched annuals, perennials and subshrubs. Leaves ovate to linear-lanceolate, rarely lobed, alternate though often opposite at the base of the main stem. Flowers solitary and axillary or in terminal clusters, tubular, 2-lipped and with the throat closed and base often swollen on the lower surface, upper lobes erect. Fruit a 2-chambered capsule.

Grown for the colourful, 'mouthed' flowers.

Seed and softwood cuttings.

2-lipped, closed flowers that open when squeezed at the sides.

42 species from W North America and W Europe.

Rothmaler (1956), Sutton (1988), Thompson (1988).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Plantaginaceae
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species         Antirrhinum majus L.