Family: Plantaginaceae
Common name: snapdragon family [Zomlefer as "Scrophulariaceae", pp. 250-254]
Diversity: Worldwide: 104 genera; 1,800 species
U.S.: genera
PNW (Oregon Flora Project): 18 genera
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K(5) Co(5) S4, 2+2 P(2)
Sexuality: bisexual
Symmetry: zygomorphic
Inflorescence: raceme or cyme
Calyx (sepals): 5 (sometimes 4), united
Corolla (petals): 5 (sometimes 4), fused into a long or short tube, sometimes two-lipped (=bilabiate), some with basal nectar spur
Androecium: 4, didynamous (=in two, paired lengths), rarely 2; some with sterile fifth stamen (=staminode)
Gynoecium: 2 united carpels, superior ovary (=hypogynous), single style, axile placentation, numerous ovules
Fruit: capsule
Other features:

Vegetative Features
round stems
Leaves: opposite, alternate, or (rarely) whorled
simple, entire entire and often toothed, exstipulate
Life-history: annual to perennial
Habit: herbs, some shrubs
Distribution & Ecology: cosmopolitan, diversity centered in the Mediterranean
Some Northwest Genera: Collinsia, blue-eyed mary
Digitalis, foxglove
Linaria, butter and eggs
Penstemon, beardtongue
Synthris, kittentails
Veronica, speedwell

Economic Importance
Crops: medicinal plant Digitalis, foxglove
Ornamentals: garden ornamentals
Antirrhinum, snapdragon
Weedy and pest species:

Examples Plantaginaceae Collinsia
Plantaginaceae Linaria
Plantaginaceae Penstemon
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