Cichorium intybus L.

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Cichorium intybus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nature Reserve De Maten, near Hasselt Limburg, Belgium

Cichorium intybus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nature Reserve De Maten, near Hasselt Limburg, Belgium

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Common names: Chicory (English)
Description: Robust branched perennial herb up to c. 1.2 m tall with annual roughly hairy stems. Leaves oblanceolate near the base, 7-30 cm long and with coarse irregular lobe-like teeth; oblong-lanceolate and smaller along the stem, not lobed with margins toothed to entire. Capitula 2-4 together in axillary clusters or solitary and terminal. 2-3 cm in diameter consisting only of ligulate florets, Bright blue, rarely white or pink.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe.
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Image last updated: Tuesday 29 December 2015

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 24.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 194 - 196. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Cichorium intybus., retrieved 4 March 2024

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