BROAD-LEAVED CUDWEED

Filago pyramidata

(Formerly: Filago spathulata) and before that Gifola spathulata)
Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

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status
statusZarchaeophyte
flower
flower8yellow
petals
petalsZ0
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce
sex
sexZbisexual

1st Sept 2012, Lane Quarry, Highdown, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The leaves are broadest beyond halfway on Broad-leaved Cudweed [and also on Red-tipped Cudweed] (whereas they are wider at their base on the otherwise similar Common Cudweed).


23rd June 2012, Ranscombe, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The leaves at the top also often reach higher(not all, just between 4 to 5 of them) than do the flowers on Broad-leaved Cudweed (whereas zero to 1 or maybe 2 leaves only overtop the flowers on Red-tipped Cudweed).


1st Sept 2012, Lane Quarry, Highdown, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


5th Sept 2012, pit, Tennyson Down, IOW. SF


1st Sept 2012, Lane Quarry, Highdown, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


1st Sept 2012, Lane Quarry, Highdown, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The outer phyllaries have long yellowish points which recurve away from the flower on Broad-leaved Cudweed (whereas on Red-tipped Cudweed the points atop the phyllaries are erect and red on Red-tipped Cudweed).


19th July 2017, Sonning Chalkpit, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Broas-leaved Cudweed is usually covered in white woolly hairs (but on Red-tipped Cudweed they are yellowish-woolly).
On the lower bunch of flowers can be seen a flower directed straight towards the camera and surrounded by 5 distinct pointed phyllaries. The flowers on the outside are female, whereas those on the inner are bisexual. The inner bisexual flowers have wider corollas than the outer female flowers.


19th July 2017, Sonning Chalkpit, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Stem leaves are large than the shorter sepals/leaves(?) surrounding the flowers.


19th July 2017, Sonning Chalkpit, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
A large stem leaf sticking out to the right; shorter and thinner sepals(?) surrounding each flowerhead. Lots of white hairs everywhere.


1st Sept 2012, Lane Quarry, Highdown, IOW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The outer phyllaries have long yellowish points which recurve away from the flower. The flower, surrounded by phyllaries, is gourd-shaped.


Some similarities to : many other Cudweeds such as Jersey Cudweed (Gnaphalium luteoalbum), Highland Cudweed (Gnaphalium norvegicum), American Cudweed (Gnaphalium purpureum), Dwarf Cudweed (Gnaphalium supinum), Heath Cudweed (Gnaphalium sylvaticum) and Cape Cudweed (Gnaphalium undulatum) (this paragraph using their old genera names).

Some similarities to : Common Cudweed (Filago germanica) and to Red-tipped Cudweed (Filago lutescens) but see text for differentiation between the three.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Features : see captions


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BROAD-LEAVED CUDWEED

Filago pyramidata

(Formerly: Filago spathulata) and before that Gifola spathulata)
Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]