Kickxia elatine

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Kickxia elatine
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Kickxia
K. elatine
Binomial name
Kickxia elatine

Antirrhinum elatine

Kickxia elatine is a species of flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae known by several common names, including sharpleaf cancerwort[1] and sharp-leaved fluellen.[2] It is native to Europe and Asia, but it is present on other continents as an introduced species, and sometimes a noxious weed. This is a small hairy herb with a trailing stem with many branches. It produces oval to arrowhead-shaped fuzzy leaves at wide intervals along the slender stem, and solitary snapdragon-like flowers borne on long, straight pedicels. Each flower is up to 1.5 centimeters long with a narrow, pointed spur extending from the back. The lobes of the mouth are yellow, white, and purple, and the whole flower is fuzzy to hairy, except for the flower stalk, which is more or less bare, in contrast to Kickxia spuria which has a hairy flower stalk. The fruit is a spherical capsule about 4 millimeters long.


  1. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.

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