Evolution in SNAPDRAGONS

  Linaria pseudolaxiflora

Linaria - Linaria pseudolaxiflora - Taxonomy

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.

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Linaria anticaria
Linaria antilibanotica
Linaria arenaria
Linaria armeniaca
Linaria arvensis
Linaria atlantica
Linaria badalii
Linaria baligaliensis
Linaria bamianica
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Linaria bipartita
Linaria bipunctata
Linaria bordiana
Linaria brachyceras
Linaria bubanii
Linaria bungei
Linaria buriatica
Linaria caesia
Linaria capraria
Linaria cavanillesii
Linaria chalepensis
Linaria clementei
Linaria confertiflora
Linaria corifolia
Linaria cossonii
Linaria coutinhoi
Linaria cretacea
Linaria creticola
Linaria dalmatica
Linaria damascena
Linaria debilis
Linaria decipiens
Linaria depauperata
Linaria diffusa
Linaria dissita
Linaria elegans
Linaria elymaitica
Linaria fallax
Linaria fastigiata
Linaria faucicola
Linaria ficalhoana
Linaria filicaulis
Linaria flava
Linaria genistifolia
Linaria gharbensis
Linaria glacialis
Linaria glauca
Linaria grandiflora
Linaria griffithsii
Linaria haelava
Linaria hellenica
Linaria hepatica
Linaria hirta
Linaria huteri
Linaria iconia
Linaria incarnata
Linaria incompleta
Linaria intricata
Linaria japonica
Linaria joppensis
Linaria kokanica
Linaria kulabensis
Linaria kurdica
Linaria latifolia
Linaria laxiflora
Linaria leptoceras
Linaria lilacina
Linaria lineolata
Linaria loeselii
Linaria macrophylla
Linaria macroura
Linaria maroccana
Linaria melampyroides
Linaria meyeri
Linaria michauxii
Linaria micrantha
Linaria microsepala
Linaria miller
Linaria multicaulis
Linaria munbyana
Linaria nivea
Linaria nurensis
Linaria oblongifolia
Linaria odora
Linaria oligantha
Linaria onubensis
Linaria paradoxa
Linaria parviracemosa
Linaria pedicellata
Linaria pedunculata
Linaria pelisseriana
Linaria peloponnesiaca
Linaria peltieri
Linaria pinifolia
Linaria platycalyx
Linaria polygalifolia
Linaria popovii
Linaria propinqua
Linaria pseudolaxiflora
Linaria pseudoviscosa
Linaria purpurea
Linaria pyramidalis
Linaria ramosa
Linaria reflexa
Linaria remotiflora
Linaria repens
Linaria ricardoi
Linaria riffea
Linaria rubioides
Linaria salzmannii
Linaria satureioides
Linaria saxatilis
Linaria schelkownikowii
Linaria schirvanica
Linaria sessilis
Linaria simplex
Linaria spartea
Linaria striatella
Linaria supina
Linaria tarhunensis
Linaria tenuis
Linaria thibetica
Linaria thymifolia
Linaria tingitana
Linaria tonzigii
Linaria transiliensis
Linaria triornithophora
Linaria triphylla
Linaria tristis
Linaria tuberculata
Linaria tursica
Linaria unaiensis
Linaria venosa
Linaria ventricosa
Linaria veratrifolia
Linaria verticillata
Linaria virgata
Linaria viscosa
Linaria vulgaris
Linaria warionis
Linaria weilleri
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