Page author: David Giblin
Cynoglossum officinale
gypsy flower, common hound's tongue
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; ntroduced in much of North America.

Habitat: Noxious weed of roadsides and disturbed areas.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Coarse, leafy biennial, the single stem 3-12 dm. tall, covered with long, soft hairs throughout.

Leaves:

Lowermost leaves oblanceolate, tapering to the petiole, 1-3 dm. long and 2-5 cm. wide; other leaves sessile, oblong or lanceolate, numerous, gradually reduced upward.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of numerous false racemes in the upper leaf axils or terminating short axillary branches, the pedicels curved and spreading; sepals 5-lobed, deeply cleft, 5-8 mm. long, the lobes broad and blunt; corolla dull reddish-purple, with a slender tube and abrupt spreading limb, the limb about 1 cm. wide; appendages in the throat of the corolla exerted, broadly rounded.

Fruits:

Nutlets 4, ovoid, 5-7 mm. long, attached to the style.

Accepted Name:
Cynoglossum officinale L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 134. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cynoglossum officinale in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cynoglossum officinale checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cynoglossum officinale atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cynoglossum officinale photos.

USDA Plants: Cynoglossum officinale information.

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