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Weed Science & Agronomy

Bayer Code : scsmu

Scientific name: Scorpiurus muricatus L.

Synonym(s) of Sc. name: Scorpurius subvillosus L., Scorpurius sulcatus L.

Classification: Leguminosae, Dicotyledonous

Common name: caterpillar-plant

Synonym(s) of Common name:

Name per country: DE : Skorpionskraut ; ES : lengua de oveja ; FR : queue de scorpion ; IT : erba lombrica comune ; PT : cornilhao ; EN : caterpillar-plant ;

Biological type: Annual

Seed snapshot Seed:


Seedling snapshot Seedling:

- Cotyledons lanceolate -linear.

- Leaves entire, ovate, aristate.

Adult plant snapshotAdult plant snapshot Adult plant:

- Height: 10-30 cm. Plant slightly hairy.

- Stem ascending or erect.

- Leaves broadly obovate, obtuse or lanceolate, attenuate into a long stalk; stipules lanceolate-acuminate.

- Flowers yellow, 2-4 on peduncles at first shorter than the leaf and later exceeding it. Calyx with lanceolate, acuminate teeth shorter than the tube.

- Fruits : pods glabrous, strongly furrowed, twisted in a spiral, all lying in the same plane with inner smooth ribs, the 4 outer with slender, stiff and relatively spreading prickles.

- Plant protected in Poitou-Charentes (decree 19/04/88).[France].

- Biological type: annual.

Ecological profile (click on flags): Spain   Present     France  Present     Portugal  Present    

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