SPECIES DESCRIPTION
DITTRICHIA GRAVEOLENS

Family:- COMPOSITAE

Common Names:- Stink aster, aromatic inula.

Synonyms:- Alunia graveolens, Erigeron graveolens, Helenium graveolens,
Inula graveolens.

Meaning:- Dittrichia (L) Named after the German botanist Manfred Dittrich, the
previous director of the herbarium at the Botanical Garden in Berlin.
                  Graveolens (L) Strong smelling, heavily scented, rank-smelling.

General description:- Erect, densely glandular annual, smelling of camphor.

Stems:-
1) 20-50 cm.

Leaves:-
1) Lower, 20-75 x 2-13 mm, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, entire or remotely 
    denticulate.
2) Upper, sessile, semiamplexicaul.

Flowers:-
1) Capitula small, bright yellow.
2) Involucre 4-7 mm.
3) Outer bracts c. 3 x 05-1 mm, linear-triangular.
4) Inner 4-7 x 07-1 mm, linear-lanceolate.
5) Ligules 4-7 mm, not or scarcely exceeding the involucre.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes c. 2 mm, hairy.
2) Pappus with c. 30 setae.

Key features:-
1) Ligules 4-7 mm, not or scarcely exceeding the involucre.

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Habitat:- Sandy and gravelly coastal flats, roadsides, field margins, wasteground.
0-600(-1000) m. often together with Dittrichia viscosa.

Distribution:- Throughout Greece mainly in coastal areas, Widespread in the
Mediterranean, SW. Europe. Fairly scattered across Crete mainly around coastal
areas.

Flowering time:- Aug-Oct..

Photos by:- Steve Lenton