SPECIES DESCRIPTION
PULICARIA DYSENTERICA subsp. ULIGINOSA

Family:- COMPOSITAE

Common Names:- Common Fleabane

Synonyms:- Inula repens, Pulicaria stevenii, Pulicaria uliginosa.

Meaning:- Pulicaria (L) Fleabane (for a plant that wards off fleas).
                  Dysenterica (Gr) Of dysentery (medical treatment for).
                  Uliginosa (L) Marsh, of swamps or marshes.
                
General description:- Medium, softly-hairy, with runners that take root, perennial.

Stems:-
1) 20-60 cm, erect, lanate or tomentose, freely branched above.

Leaves:-
1) Basal, oblong, narrowed at the base, withered by anthesis.
2) Cauline, cordate-sagittate, semi-amplexicaul, with sessile bases, all with 
    undulate margins, remotely serrate, green scabrid above, greyish-tomentose
    beneath.

Flowers:-
1) Capitula, usually numerous, daisy-like, golden yellow, 15-30 mm, borne in lax-
    topped clusters, peduncles 15-2.5 cm, not thickened above, without or with 1 
    bract.
2) Involucral bracts, linear to subulate, more or less lanate and glandular.
3) Ligules c. 5 mm longer than the involucre, patent.

Fruit:-
1) Achenes c. 15 mm, hairy.
2) Pappus of scales connate for more than 1/2 their length, surrounding 14-20 hairs.

Key features:-
1) Basal leaves withered at anthesis.
2) Stolons present.
3) Capitula usually numerous.

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Habitat:- Damp coastal habitats, stream-banks, roadside ditches, damp scrub and
wood-land margins. 0-600(-1200) m.

Distribution:- Widespread and common throughout the Mediterranean. Somewhat
limited distribution on Crete..

Flowering time:- (May-)June-Oct.

Photos by:- Steve Lenton