Flowers and leaves. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Boginderra Hill Nature Reserve near Temora, NSW 

Common Name

Bastards Fumitory




Introduced annual forb or climber to 75cm tall.  Leaves opposite each other or alternating up the stems.  Leaves flat, divided or composed of about 3-9 leaflets, each divided, each leaflet about 1.5cm long, about 10mm wide, hairless. Flowers tubular, with 2 small white or pink sepals, one on either side of the flower, and 4 petals (white or pink with or without purplish tips) forming 2 lips, in racemes of 14-25 flowers, on stalks that arise from the bases of the leaves. Family Fumariaceae in NSW.

Differs from Fumaria capreolata in that the inflorescence is at least as long as the stalk.

Differs from Fumaria muralis in that the fruiting body is distinctly wrinkled when dry.

Short description in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 314

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