Irish wildflowers

Bristly Ox-tongue, Helminthotheca echioides, Picris echiodes
Photographs: Bantry area, Co.Cork


Bristly Ox-tongue
Helminthotheca echioides (Picris echiodes)
Teanga bhó gharbh
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering July-October. Annual or biennial. Possibly introduced.

Yellow flowerheads with distinctive heart-shaped, bristly outer bracts. Achenes with long, slender beak. Oblong-lanceolate leaves with stiff, bristly hairs with swollen whitish bases. Stout prickly-hairy stems, to 100cm.

Fields, waste ground, roadsides. Rare, mainly E Ireland, usually coastal.

Related: Hawkweed Oxtongue, P. hieracioides
     


Bristly Ox-tongue, Picris echiodes       Bristly Ox-tongue, Picris echiodes


Bristly Ox-tongue, Picris echiodes       Bristly Ox-tongue, Picris echiodes
Bristly Ox-tongue. Near Bantry, County Cork. October 2008

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