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Bristly Oxtongue

Helminthotheca echioides

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, seaside, walls, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, many petals
 
Pale yellow dandelion-like flowers in clusters with bracts spreading outwards a little.
Fruit:
Small, pale brown and with slender parachute-like tufts of soft white hair coming out from its end.
Leaves:
Alternate leaves, in a rosette. The leaves are bristly and covered in many small raised bumps, almost looking as if it has some kind of disease. Each bump has a hooked hair emerging from it.
Other Names:
Bitterweed, Ragweed.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

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