SPECIES DESCRIPTION
TANACETUM PARTHENIUM

Family:- COMPOSITAE/ Sect. PYRETHRUM

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Chamaemelum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium,
Dendranthema parthenium, Matricaria parthenium, Parthenium matricaria
Pyrethrum parthenium.

Meaning:- Tanacetum (L) From the Latin tanazita.
                  Parthenium (Gr) Parthenion feverfew, from neuter of parthenios
maidenly, from parthenos maiden, virgin

General description:- Strongly aromatic perennial

Stems:-
1) Ridged.

Leaves:-
1) Pinnatisect to pinnatipartite, yellowish-green.
2) Basal and lower cauline more or less ovate, with 3-7 oblong-elliptical to ovate
    segments which are subpinnately divided, crenate or entire. 

Flowers:-
1) Capitula 5-20(-30) in a dense corymb.
2) Involucre 6-8 mm in diam.
3) Ligulate florets white, female; ligules 25-7 mm.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes 12-15 mm, 5- to 8-ribbed.
2) Pappus an irregularly lobed corona 02 mm.

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Habitat:- Slightly damp habitats in open woodland, gorges and meadows, {0)-1300-
1.500m.

Distribution:- Mainland Greece and Pelnponnisos, southwards to Mts Menalo and
Parnonas. SE Europe and SW Asia.
Long cultivated for ornament and as a medicinal plant and naturalized in hedges
and waste places throughout a large part of Europe. A record from W Crete goes
back to Heldreich and may refer to a garden escapee. As could this report by
Zacharias Angourakis.

Flowering time:- Late May to August.

Photos by:- Zacharias Angourakis