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Glandularia bipinnatifida (Nutt.) Nutt. var. bipinnatifida

Dakota mock vervain, Dakota mock verva

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyVerbenaceaeVerbena (vervain) family, about 3,000 species
GenusGlandulariaAccording to Umberto Quattrocchi, this is from the Latin glandulae, “a little acorn, tonsils”
SpeciesbipinnatifidaTwice pinnately divided
var.bipinnatifidaTwice pinnately divided

About plant names...

Dakota verbena is native to the American southwest. It appears in fields, grasses, and scrublands.

Plants: Plants are annuals or short-lived perennials, 4-16" (10-40 cm) tall. They are variable, sometimes low and matted, sometimes taller. They may cover wide expanses of ground. Stems are branched and ribbed, and purple or green; and both stems and leaves are hairy.

Leaves: Opposite, twice pinnate, thick, dark or gray green, hairy, up to 2½" (6.3 cm) long. (Technically the leaves are pinnatifid, that is, the divisions don’t reach all the way to midveins.) Leaves are rolled under, and have deep veins.

Flowers: Rounded, almost spherical clusters of pink, lavendar, or purple flowers, about 2" (5 cm) around. Each flower has five notched petals and a thin tubular throat (the corolla) up to ½" (1.5 cm) long. The calyx of each flower in this variety lack glands, while G. bipinnatifida var. ciliata is densely covered with glandular hairs. They appear from February to October.

Fruits: Four nutlets, each ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-3 mm) long.

Online References:

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Texas.wildflowersightings.org (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Npsot.org (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Verbena bipinnatifida Nutt.

Verbena demareei Moldenke


Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Glandularia bipinnatifida (Dakota mock vervain, Dakota mock verva)

7/29/2023 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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