Cynoglossum officinale

Cynoglossum officinale_houndstongue_JM DiTomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: common houndstongue; beggar's-lice; dog bur; dog's tongue; glovewort; gypsyflower; sheelice; sticktight; woolmat

Cynoglossum officinale (houndstongue) is a biennial forb (family Boraginaceae) whose foliage can be toxic to horses and other livestock when it contaminates hay. In California, it is found in the Cascade Ranges. The seeds have hooked projections that facilitate long distance dispersal by animals and humans.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Assessment

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Weed RIC Management Notes

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Other Cynoglossum officinale Information

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  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
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