|definition||Distribution: Species within this gens are widely naturalised in disturbed places
and pastoral land. Native to Europe and found all across Australia.
Description: This genus consists of annual or rarely biennial herbs that grow up to 120 cm high with one or more erect stems from the base with hairs that are dense, fine and spreading.
For more details regarding the description of species within this genus please see: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Echium~plantagineum
Pollen Morphology: Pollen produced by this genus are circular in polar view and prolate in equatorial view. These pollen grains are between 12-15um in size and have three colpi and pores (tricolporate). The surface texture of these grains is a fine reticulate mesh.