YELLOW OXEYE

Telekia speciosa

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZMany
stem
stem8round

10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
Large leaves, showy large yellow flowers. Upper leaves without stalks and rounded to broadly cuneate at the base. Stands up to 2m high. Rosebay at the riverside.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
The outer ray-florets are long and thin, with perhaps one nick at the end. Flowers 5 to 8cm across and more or less the same height on long stalks. Note longish green phyllaries most noticeable below the third flower.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
The bee shows the size.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
A large central dome with hundreds of orange-yellow disc-florets.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
Some petals have a single notch or 'pink' at the tip.


26th June 2017, a garden, Walkden, Greater M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened disc-florets in centre, opened at edge of the central area from where the flat ray florets spread outwards.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
An un-opened flower showing the green phyllaries peeling away from the flower looking a little like a yellow Globe Artichoke. Stems hairy.


26th June 2017, a garden, Walkden, Greater M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Just barely opening.


26th June 2017, a garden, Walkden, Greater M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Opened a little further, ray florets showing (which will widen as it opens).


26th June 2017, a garden, Walkden, Greater M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Ray florets widening and getting ready to outstretch themselves.


10th July 2009, Cafe garden, Grange, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
The large leaves get progressively smaller further up the stem. Lower leaves are stalked and distinctly heart-shaped (un-like those of Elecampane (Inula helenium) which are un-stalked and ovate to cordate.


Easily mistaken for : Elecampane (Inula helenium) [another garden flower that escapes into the wild but that has narrower leaves which lack the cusped teeth. The flowers are also larger at 6-9cm across (as opposed to 5-8cm for Elecampane). the two are also in differing genera, but the same Dandelion & Daisy Family (Asteraceae)]

Not to be semantically confused with : Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Autumn Oxeye (Leucanthemum serotina) [plants with similar names and belonging to the same Family but in a differing genus but which have white petals which are broader]. Nor with Bristly Oxtongue (Helminthotheca echioides) or Hawkweed Oxtongue (Picris hieracioides) which are also yellow and in the same family but in differing genera. Oxlip (), Yellow Oxytropis (Oxytropis campestris) and Purple Oxytropis (Oxytropis halleri) also sound similar but are in differing families altogether.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : the cordate (heart-shaped) leaves) distinguish it from Elecampane.

This large showy flower is planted in gardens where it can escape into the wild. It likes to grow near fresh-water such as lakes and rivers or on rough ground.


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(Yellow Oxeye)

YELLOW OXEYE

Telekia speciosa

Daisy & Dandelion Family [Asteraceae]