RED-TIPPED CUDWEED

Filago gallica

(Formerly: Filago apiculata)
Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8red
petals
petalsZ0
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce
sex
sexZbisexual

3rd Aug 2005, Farnborough, VC12. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is different from Common Cudweed in that the branches are irregular.


3rd Aug 2005, Farnborough, VC12. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The leaves do NOT have sharply-pointed tips (unlike some other Cudweeds). Some leaves are also wider in their top half [excepingt those leaves near the top of the plant] (whereas the leaves of Common Cudweed are wider in their bottom half). Moreover, the leaves do not generally reach above the tops of the flowers (or only by 1 or maybe 2 leaves)


3rd Aug 2005, Farnborough, VC12. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Most easily identified from other Cudweeds by the long red tips at the summit of each inflorescence (and by the accompanying yellowness of the other parts at the top of the flower). The hairs are also yellowish and not white.


Easily mistaken for : Common Cudweed (Filago germanica) - see photo captions.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : the long, sharpish, red points at the tips of all the flowers.

No relation to : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].

It is a native plant but a fairly rare [RR] and decreasing in occurrence. It grows out in the dry open on disturbed sandy soils, sandy heaths, sand-pits, on waysides and tracks, on common land and in arable fields.


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Distribution

 BSBI maps
genus8Filago
Filago
(Cudweeds)

RED-TIPPED CUDWEED

Filago gallica

(Formerly: Filago apiculata)
Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]