Linaria dalmatica
Broad-Leaved Toad-Flax

Flower Bottom

Cypress Hills Centre Block

The corolla is composed of a three-lobed lower lip and a two-lobed upper lip.  The lower lip is also equipped with a well-developed palate and a long spur.  The palate closes off the throat.

Dalmatica: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
plants perennial with extensive rootstocks; NOT [plants annual]
cauline leaves ovate to lanceolate; NOT [cauline leaves linear to linear-lanceolate]
cauline leaves clasping at base; NOT [cauline leaves narrowed to a petiole-like base]
flowers 3-4 cm long; NOT [flowers 2-3 cm long]
flowers yellow and orange; NOT [flowers white, pink or purple]


Linaria: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
leaves not all basal
flowers in terminal racemes; NOT [flowers axillary]
corolla spurred at the base
only two or four stamens anther-bearing, others sterile or absent; NOT [five anther bearing stamens]


Scrophulariaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
herbs; NOT [shrubs or trees]
plants green or with some chlorophyll; NOT [plants parasitic or saprophytic, without chlorophyll]
plants not aquatic
stems not square
leaves not bearing bladders
flowers not in heads or spikes; NOT [flowers in long or short spikes], NOT [flowers in heads or in form resembling a head]
flowers with two floral rings
petals wholly or partly united forming a tube or bell
corolla irregular; NOT [corolla regular]
ovary superior; NOT [ovary inferior]
fruit a many-seeded capsule; NOT [fruit with 4 nutlets]