SMALL FLEABANE

Pulicaria vulgaris

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

month8aug month8sep month8sept

status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8yellow
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZMany
v. short
type
typeZglobed
 
stem
stem8round
 
rarity
rarityZrare
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

28th Sept 2013, New Forest, Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Grows erect to 45cm high. [The small leaves are of another plant, so too the larger leaves in the lower part of the photo]


28th Sept 2013, New Forest, Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
It is an annual plant.


28th Sept 2013, New Forest, Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson


28th Sept 2013, New Forest, Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The leaves are sessile (without stalks) and between rounded to cuneate (a triangular taper) at their base. The flowers are almost globular with a central area full of disc florets. There is a single ring of short ray florets on the outside. The flowers themselves are similar in appearance to those of some Bur-marigolds such as Beggarticks. It is hairy.


28th Sept 2013, New Forest, Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The ray florets are made from 3 fused flowers (there are three teeth at their ends). Overall, the compound flower is between 0.6 to 1.2cm across.


Not to be semantically confused with : Fleaworts such as Field Fleawort (Tephroseris integrifolia) or Flea Sedge (Carex pulicaris) [plants with similar names belonging to a differing families]

It is a hairy annual which is native and grows in damp places such as the edges of ponds or sandy places which are flooded in winter.

Formerly found widespread in England north to Leicestershire and the Channel Islands it is now a very rare [RRR] and found in Surrey and in South and North Hants.


  Pulicaria vulgaris  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asteraceae  

Distribution
 family8Daisy & Dandelion family8Asteraceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Pulicaria
Pulicaria
(Fleabanes)

SMALL FLEABANE

Pulicaria vulgaris

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]