Amsinckia vernicosa Hook. & Arn.

Family: Boraginaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

green fiddleneck

Primary Disseminule Type

fruit segment

Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit composed of four attached nutlets (each a dry, indehiscent, woody, one-seeded fruit segment), 1–4 of which fully develop and detach from each other at maturity.

Nutlet lanceolate in outline, cross-section trigonous, 4–6 mm long x 2–2.2 mm wide x 2–2.2 mm thick. Surface very shiny, smooth, glabrous, gray with blackish and sometimes brownish splotches and blackish speckles, with a longitudinal slit-like groove along ridge on adaxial face (groove forked on A. vernicosa var. furcata (Suksd.) Hoover and not forked on A. vernicosa var. vernicosa). Abaxial face flat (i.e., no ridges).

Nutlet attachment scar hidden on adaxial face.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)