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Dalmatian Toadflax   Linaria dalmatica  Figwort or Snapdragon Family  (Scrophulariaceae)


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Description: Stout perennial up to 4 feet (1.3 meters) in height.  Stems are erect and sometimes branched.  Leaves are blue-green and wax-like, heart shaped and clasping, less than 2 inches (5 centimenters) long, alternately arranged and crowded on one stem. Flowers are yellow, two lipped, with an orange, hairy center, 1 to 1-1/2 inches (2.5 to 3.5 cm ) long; having a long spur resembling a snapdragon flower.  Seeds are round, 1/2 inch (1.2 centimeters) in diameter, dark brown to black, with a papery circular wing.  Reproduces by seed and creeping root system.

Distribution: Confirmed infestations are currently less than one acre (0.2 hectares) on public lands managed by the Redding Field Office in Trinity County.

Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean.  Found along roadsides and on rangelands.  Agressively invades native plant communities.  Non-palatable to most herbivores.  Difficult to control.  Control methods include cultural, chemical and mechanical.

Flowering Period: May to August, depending on the elevation.