Irish wildflowers

Niger, Guizotia abyssinica
Below: near Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Guizotia abyssinica
Family: Asteraceae

Annual. Introduced. Bird-seed alien?

Yellow flowers, solitary or in clustered heads. Self-sterile. Leaves
opposite, serrate, ovate-lanceolate, stalk-less. Stems hairy, 50-150cm.

Originated in the Ethiopian highlands.
Seed used in some curries, also sold as bird seed, heat-sterilised to prevent germination. A favourite food of finches, especially Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

Very rare casual, few recordings in Ireland.
Identification by Paul Green and Ian Green

Above: Niger (Guizotia abyssinica). Forestry road near Ballingeary, Co.Cork. September 2007

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