TYNESIDE LEOPARDPLANT

PRZEWALSKII'S LEOPARDPLANT

Ligularia przewalskii

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

Flowers:
month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8aug

Pappus: pappusZpossible (purplish-brown, short 4mm, simple, achenes oblong)
pappus8oct pappus8nov

status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8orange
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
toxicity
toxicityZmedium

12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Usually a garden plant which can also be found on the River Tyne and only in two or three other hectads.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A perennial which grows up to 1.2m high with a long spike of yellow flowers. It flowers from the bottom first working its way upwards. Flower buds at top yet to open.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Is apt to lose several of its only five petals.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Petals yellow, curved and very narrowe for their width (it is slightly wider in the middle).


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds. Green sepal tube long and cylindrical becomes darker as it nears the short sepal teeth. Stem dark purple and slightly ribbed.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Disc florets protruding. Stigmas very long, yellow and with a double-hook on the end.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Disc florets protrude.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves darkish-green, palmately lobed with jagged side-lobes.


12th July 2013, a garden, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Veins prominent but few.


Easily confused with : Leopardplant (Ligularia dentata) [a plant in the same Genus bot having Ace-of-Spades shaped leaves which are deeply and irregularly toothed].

Not to be semantically confused with : Leopardsbane (Doronicum pardalianches) [and other Leopardsbane plants belonging to the same Daisy Family all with larger flowers and many more petals].

The petals have some similarities to those of : Witch Hazels in that they are few in number, yellow and very long, narrow and curved.

Very slight resemblance to : Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus) but that has totally different pale-yellow flowers in a spike and differing leaves and belongs to the Buttercup Family (Ranuculaceae).

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

You are much more likely to find this growing in a garden than growing wild, for it is only found in 3 or 4 hectads in the UK. There has been a population on the banks of the River Tyne in Northumberland for several decades. Its' strange name derives from the Russian explorer Nikolai Przewlaskii who presumably found it growing in its native China.


  Ligularia przewalskii  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asteraceae  

Distribution
 family8Daisy & Dandelion family8Asteraceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Ligularia
Ligularia
(Leopardplants)

TYNESIDE LEOPARDPLANT

PRZEWALSKII'S LEOPARDPLANT

Ligularia przewalskii

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]