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oxeye daisy, margarita

Leucanthemum vulgare

Description:

It is one of a number of Asteraceae family plants to be called a 'daisy,' and has the vernacular names common daisy, dog daisy, margarite, moon daisy, and ox-eye daisy. Leucanthemum vulgare is a typical grassland perennial wildflower, growing in a variety of plant communities including meadows and fields, under scrub and open-canopy forests, and in disturbed areas. It is a perennial herb 61 cm high by 30 cm wide. The stem is mostly unbranched and sprouts laterally from a creeping rhizomatous rootstock. The leaves are dark green on both sides. The basal and middle leaves are petiolate, obovate to spoon-shaped, and serrate to dentate. The upper leaves are shorter, sessile, and borne along the stem. Leucanthemum vulgare blooms from late spring to autumn. The small flower head, not larger than 5 centimetres, consists of about 20 white ray florets that surround a yellow disc, growing on the end of 30 to 91 cm tall stems. The plant produces an abundant number of flat seeds, without pappus, that remain viable in the soil for 2 to 3 years. It also spreads vegetatively by rhizomes.

Habitat:

open Mediterranean forest

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arlanda

Serradilla, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2012

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