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Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth

Reichardia tingitana

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Reichardia tingitana is a species of plant in the family Asteraceae that is distributed primarily throughout Mediterranean and West Asia.[2] It is known by the common name false sowthistle.[3]

Description

The leaves have an alternate arrangement and are entire with serrated margins. No stipule is present on the petiole.[3]

An annual plant, its flowering period is from March to May. Like most angiosperms, its flowers are hermaphroditic. The petals are of a yellow color.[3]

Main habitat

As a glycophyte, it is accustomed to growing in saline soils. Arid deserts and shrub-steppes are its most common habitats.[3] It also grows well in sandy depressions in the Middle East.[4]

In France, it is a naturalized species.[1] Another country it has been introduced to is Australia, where it is commonly recognized as a minor weed. There its main habitats are urban sites, coastal dunes and alluvial plains.[2]

It has been recorded in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and eastern Saudi Arabia.[4] Common names for it in Arabia are huzan, mureer, and murar.[5] Uses in folk medicine have been recorded in the Middle East, its leaves being used to treat ailments such as constipation, colic and inflamed eyes.[4]

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Cluster of R. tingitana flowers in Qatar
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Lone flower of R. tingitana in Cyprus
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Close-up (Western Australia)

References

  1. ^ a b "Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth, 1787". Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth". Special edition of Environmental Weeds of Australia for Biosecurity Queensland. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Avinoam Danin. "Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth". Flora of Israel. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Mureer". Qatar e-Nature. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth". Flora of Qatar. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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Reichardia tingitana: Brief Summary

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Reichardia tingitana is a species of plant in the family Asteraceae that is distributed primarily throughout Mediterranean and West Asia. It is known by the common name false sowthistle.

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