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Ajuga reptans
L., Lamiaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  High risk, score: 11 (Go to the risk assessment)

Common name(s): [more details]

English: ajuga, blue bugle, bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, common bugle

French: bugle rampante

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Rhizomatous perennial with long glabrous sparsely leafy stolons (sometimes broken off when collected). Stem erect, 10-30 cm, simple, upper internodes pubescent only on 2 opposite sides.  Basal leaves obovate, attenuate below, subcrenate, petiolate.  Cauline leaves 1-2-paired, obovate-elliptic, attenuate at base.  Verticillasters approximate below, crowded above, 6-12-flowered.  Bracts ovate, subentire, sessile, upper shorter than flowers.  Calyx 4-5 mm, teeth c. as long as tube.  Corolla blue, 12-16 mm, with straight annulate tube, c. 2 x longer than lower lip; upper lip emarginate, short.  Stamens exserted from tube" (Davis et al., 1984; vol. 7, pp. 44-45).

Habitat/ecology:  In Turkey, "forests, Quercus scrub, meadows, 50-1500 m" (Davis et al., 1984; vol. 7, pp. 44-45). Grows rapidly even in poor, heavy soils. Needs moist conditions. It does best in fairly well drained soils with frequent watering (Floridata).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Europe, western Asia and northern Africa (Algeria and Tunisia) (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Chile (offshore islands)
Juan Fernández Islands
Isla Más a Tierra (Robinson Crusoe Island) introduced
invasive
Atkinson, Rachel/Sawyer, John (2011)
cv. 'atropurpurea'
Chile (offshore islands)
Juan Fernández Islands
Isla Más a Tierra (Robinson Crusoe Island) introduced
invasive
cultivated
Danton, Philippe/Perrier, Christophe/Martinez Reyes, Guido (2006) (pp. 472, 518-519, 550)
Voucher cited: Danton I(5/47)1442. "Esta pequeña planta vivaz es muy cultivada como cubresuelo. Su vigor y su facilidad para desquejarse hacen de ella una planta problemática y su multiplicatión en el pueblo de San Juan Bautista deberia ser limitada".
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
China
China
Hong Kong introduced
cultivated
Wu, Te-lin (2001) (p. 233)
Ornamental.
New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand (country) introduced
invasive
cultivated
Webb, C. J./Sykes, W. R./Garnock-Jones, P. J. (1988) (p. 766)
"Moist, shady places".
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 11)
Cultivated only


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This page was created on 29 DEC 2003 and was last updated on 21 DEC 2012.