Linaria pelisseriana (L.) Miller, Gard. Dict. ed. 8: no. 11 (1768).
Glaucous, glabrous annual; fertile stems 1-7 (-13), (8-) 15-70 cm, erect, slender, usually simple; sterile stems 1-9, procumbent to ascending. Leaves of fertile stems 10-40 x 0.5-1 mm, linear, obtuse, alternate, the lowermost sometimes verticillate; leaves of sterile stems obovate to broadly elliptic, subacute to obtuse, opposite or verticillate. Inflorescence with 2-20 (-40) flowers, dense in flower, becoming lax in fruit. Bracts 3-6 mm. Pedicels erect, 3-7 mm in flower and fruit. Calyx-lobes subequal, 3.5-5 x 0.8-1.1 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute or acuminate, sometimes tinged with purple, the margins scarious towards the base. Corolla 15-20 mm, purplish-violet or rarely magenta, the palate lilac or white; tube 0.8-1.1 mm broad at mouth; adaxial lip erect, with long parallel lobes, the adaxial lip sinus 1.6-3 mm; abaxial lip sinus 0.4-1 mm; spur 7-9 mm, 0.7-1.1 mm broad at base, subulate, straight, subequalling rest of corolla. Capsule 2.5-3.5 x 3.5-5 mm, depressed-globose or broadly cordate, emarginate, glabrous; loculi dehiscing by 3 valves. Seeds 0.8-1 (-1.8) mm, deltate- to elliptic-orbicular, greyishbrown; wing 0.08-0.15 mm broad, laciniate, composed of long, dorsi-ventrally compressed, unicellular papillae; disc deltate-orbicular, the ventral face convex, papillate, the papillae short or long, often white, the dorsal (hilar) face flat or concave, minutely papillate or smooth; periclinal wall of testa-cells tabular or scarcely concave, often with dorsi-ventrally compressed marginal papilla, reticulate, the junction of anticlinal walls of testa-cells prominently raised, smooth. Modified from Sutton (1988).
2n = 24 (Larsen and Laegaard, 1971: 253; Dahlgren, Karlsson and Lassen, 1971: 262; Strid, 1981: 839).
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Type: [FRANCE]: "13 pelisserianum" (lecto. (Davis, 1979e: 672) LINN-767.22!).