SPECIES DESCRIPTION
JACOBAEA GNAPHALIOIDES

Family:- COMPOSITAE

Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Cineraria gnaphalioides, Conyza gnaphalioides, Conyza sieberi,
Senecio gnaphalioides

Meaning:- Jacobaea (L) Of ragwort.
                  Gnaphalioides (Gr) Felt-like.

General description:- Dwarf shrub.

Stems:-
1) 20-50 cm. branched at the base, densely white-tomentose.

Leaves:-
1) 5-15 x 03-08 cm (excluding lobes), linear, entire or with up to 4 distant, entire
    lobes on each side, densely white-tomentose beneath, arachnoid-lanate,
    greenish and more or less glabrescent above.

Flowers:-
1) Capitula many, 12-15 mm diam., in compound corymbs.
2) Involucre c. 7 mm, glabrous or arachnoid-lanate and glabrescent, reddish-tinged,
    with up to 5 supplementary bracts 1-2 mm.
3) Ligules 10-13, 3-5 mm, yellow.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes usually more or less cylindrical, ribbed.

Key features:-
1) Densely white-tomentose, at least on stems and lower surface of the leaves.
2) Leaves linear, entire or with up to 4 distant lobes on each side.

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Habitat:- Limestone cliffs, rocky places in open dry shrubby vegetation, road
embankments. 50-500 m.

Distribution:- Endemic to E. Crete, Karpathos and Saria Island.

Flowering time:- Mid-June to Aug, occasionally later.

Photos by:- Yannis Zacharakis

Status:-
Conservation status (for threatened species): Rare (R) according to IUCN 1997
Protection status (for threatened species): Greek Presidential Decree 67/1981