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Observed: 21st November 2003 By: RoseJonesRoseJones’s reputation in Plants
UP 2003.11, CdAl autumn daisies

These are described as "margaritas" by locals, which translates as daisies...but I don't believe that's right.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


lavateraguy's picture

The plants are ...

... Asteraceae (the daisy, or aster, or sunflower, or composite family) and may well be Anthemideae (which is the tribe that includes Bellis perennis - the common lawn daisy - as well as ox eye and Shasta daisies).

They don't look like a species native or naturalised in Britain.

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Bidens Aurea

No, I had looked carefully at asteraceae and concluded that they weren't a match; the 5 petals rather than multiple and the arrow-head leaves not being found in that family. Another ispotter suggested Bidens Aurea, also known as Spanish Needle and now I've looked I'm convinced.

lavateraguy's picture

Technically ...

... that's 5 ray florets, rather than 5 petals. There are a few composites with 5 ray florets - the other one that comes to mind is Galinsoga, two species of which are naturalised in Britain.

Mycelis muralis has 5 florets in total - it's part of a group with only ligulate (ray) florets, and it's cut the number down to 5.