Linaria maroccana Hooker fil., Bot. Mag. 98 tab. 5983 (1872).
Annual, glabrous except for glandular-pubescent inflorescence; fertile stems 1-8, (11-) 19-55 cm, erect, simple or occasionally branched above; sterile stems 0-6, ascending to erect. Leaves of fertile stems (4-) 10-45 x 0.5-1.8 mm, linear, obtuse to subacute, flat, alternate, the lowermost sometimes 4-verticillate; leaves of sterile stems similar but up to 3 mm broad, linear or linear-elliptic, obtuse, 3- or 4-verticillate. Inflorescence with (3-) 10-35 flowers, dense in flower, becoming lax in fruit. Bracts 2.5-6 mm, linear, obtuse, often tinged with reddishpurple. Pedicels 4-6 mm in flower, 6-10 mm in fruit, erect, free. Calyx-lobes subequal, 3.5-5 x 0.5-0.9 mm, linear-lanceolate, subacute, the margin scarious, white or occasionally reddishpurple. Corolla 23-30 mm, reddish-purple or magenta, the palate red, yellow or almost white; adaxial lip sinus 0.8-1 mm; abaxial lip sinus 3.5-4 mm; spur 12-17 mm, straight or scarcely curved, exceeding rest of corolla. Style deeply bifid. Capsule 3-5 x 2.5-4 mm, obliquely oblong, glabrous; loculi unequal, the adaxial loculus greatly exceeding and usually curving over abaxial loculus, dehiscing by 3 (-5) teeth, the abaxial loculus dehiscing by (3-) 5 teeth. Seeds 0.5-0.65 mm, reniform to irregularly trigonous or pyriform, strongly transversely ridged; transverse ridges (3-) 5-7, discrete or rarely anastomosed, rounded; periclinal wall of testa-cells verruculate or rugulate, the margins raised, forming rounded papilla towards ridge-apex, the median papilla usually present, rounded, more or less isodiametric. Modified from Sutton (1988).
2n = 12 (Heitz, 1926).
Morocco (mainly High Atlas). Ma.
Type: MOROCCO: Ga; Sectana, v 1871 sine leg. ex herb. Hooker. (holo. K!).