Anchusa arvensis

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Anchusa arvensis
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Anchusa arvensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Anchusa
A. arvensis
Binomial name
Anchusa arvensis

Lycopsis arvensis

Anchusa arvensis is a plant species of the genus Anchusa. Its common names include small bugloss and annual bugloss.


This is a hairy annual herb which may reach half a meter in height. It bears small blue tubular flowers, four nutlets per flower, and one seed per nutlet. Leaves are very bristly and warty-looking, which differentiates it from similar species like Pentaglottis sempervirens and Myosotis arvensis.

Distribution and Habitat[edit]

The plant is native to Europe but is well-known elsewhere as a noxious weed[citation needed].

Anchusa arvensis is found in arable field margins, sandy heaths, disturbed ground[1].

In the UK it is a declining species with patchy distribution [2], however conservation status as of 2005 is least concern [3].

Anchusa arvensis flowers April to September in the UK[4].


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