Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cynoglossum australe R.Br.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flowers and immature fruit. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Habit. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Herbarium specimen. © DERM

Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 495. 

Common name

Australian Hound's Tongue


Perennial herb with 1-2 erct stems up to 1 m tall, coarsely hirsute.


Petiole on basal leaves 2-10 mm long; leaf blade 5-15 x 1-5 cm; cauline leaves progressively smaller and sessile.


Sepals elliptic, rounded, 2-3 mm long, abaxial surface hirsute with adaxial surface glabrous. Corolla funnel-shaped with a 1.6-2 mm long tube, with small scales in throat; corolla lobes rounded and 1.6-2 mm long. Style 1.3-1.5 mm long


Nutlets ovoid, 2-3.5 mm long and flattened, with barbed spines in centre of outer face and around wing-like margin.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ; widespread in southern and central Australia. Altitudinal range from 80-900 m. Grows along rainforest tracks and roads but also found in various types of grassland and woodlands especially on hill slopes.

Natural History & Notes

Can become a weed of cultivated and agricultural areas.

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