Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Niger, Guizotia abyssinica
On forestry track near Ballingeary, Co. Cork

Guizotia abyssinica
Family: Asteraceae

Annual. Introduced. Bird-seed alien?

The yellow flowers are solitary or in clustered heads and are self-sterile. Opposite leaves are serrate, ovate-lanceolate and stalk-less. Stems hairy, 50-150cm. Identified by Paul Green and Ian Green

A rare casual in Ireland, recorded mainly from the south-east

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

Niger, Guizotia abyssinica

Niger, Guizotia abyssinica
Niger, Guizotia abyssinica

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