Linaria pseudolaxiflora Lojac., Naturalista Sicil. 4(16): 136 (1885).
Glabrous annual; fertile stems numerous, 6-27 cm, decumbent to ascending, mostly simple; sterile stems absent. Leaves (3.5-) 5.5-13 (-17) x 2-4.8 mm, lanceolate to elliptic, acute to subacute, flat, attenuate, alternate above, opposite or 3-verticillate below, shortly petiolate. Inflorescence with 1-6 ftowers, lax or very lax in flower and fruit. Bracts 2.5-5 mm, linear, acute. Pedicels 1.5-2 mm in flower, (2.5-) 3-4 (-6) mm in fruit, erect. Calyx-lobes unequal, elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate, subacute; adaxial lobe 3.8-5.5 x 0.7-0.9 mm; abaxial lobes 3.2-4.5 x 0.9-1.1 mm. Corolla 15-17 mm, bluish-violet, the palate deep yellow; tube 2.5-3 mm broad at mouth; adaxial lip sinus 1.4-1.5 mm; abaxial lip sinus 0.9-1 mm; spur 7-9 mm, 0.9-1.1 mm broad at base, more or less straight, subequalling to exceeding rest of corolla. Capsule 3.55.5 x 3.5-5.5 mm, globose, glabrous. Seeds 0.8-1.2 mm, oblong-trigonous to tetrahedral, the margins obtuse to acute, without longitudinal ridge, the intervening faces alveolate, blackishbrown; hilum submedian to 0.3 distance from base, narrow or somewhat broad; periclinal wall of testa-cells concave or tabular-concave with prominent margins, rugulate or verruculate, not papillate. Modified from Sutton (1988).
Maltese archipelago. Me.
Type: MALTESE ARCHIPELAGO: Insula gaulos (hodie Gozo), nell interno del Castello di Rabato, 26 iv 1907 Sommier s.n. (neotype (Viano, 1978b: 238) Fl).
L. pseudolaxífora is apparently endemic to the Maltese archipelago but it is very similar to sorne forms of L. virgata and the two taxa may be conspecific. L. pseudolaxíflora tends to differ from L. virgata in the very lax, few-flowered inflorescences. Sommier (1910: 14) commented on the inadequacy of the material used by Lojacono in the type description of this species. Viano (1978b: 238) took this as an indication that it was necessary to select a neotype and chose one of Sommier,s collections.