Asarina Mill.

Twining Snapdragon

Latin, resembling Asarum, or possibly referring to a Spanish common name for the similar Antirrhinum.

For description see a. procumbens.

Grown as climbers for the attractive purple Antirrhinum-like flowers and soft foliage. Lophospermum erubescens D. Don [Asarina erubescens (D. Don) Penn.] is occasionally cultivated.The flowers of this genus do not have a constriction in the mouth (palate) and the seeds are dorsiventrally flattened.

Seed and softwood cutttings.

Differs from Maurandya in having upper leaves opposite (Maurandya alternate), and flower palate pouches 2, and from Antirrhinum in being a climber with a symmetrical fruit capsule.

1 species from SW Europe.

Sutton (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         Asarina procumbens Mill.