Tussilago L.


Latin tussis — a cough, an allusion to the medicinal properties of the leaves.

Perennial herbs, rhizomatous, hairy. Stems scape-like, erect, with bracts. Leaves basal, almost round, base caudate, margins toothed, shallowly lobed, petiolate. Capitula radiate, terminal, solitary, with stalks. Involucral bracts in 1 or 2 rows, overlapping, more or less equal. Receptacle slightly convex. Ray florets female, ligulate, yellow. Disk florets functionally male, tubular, yellow. Achenes cylindrical, 5-ribbed. Pappus of barbed bristles.

Large, rounded, toothed basal leaves; bracteate scapes; narrow ligules.

1 species from Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Source: Lawson, L.; Spencer, R. (2002). Dahlia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Asteraceae
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species         Tussilago farfara L.