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Butterbur

Petasites hybridus

Description:

A very interesting plant spotted first time in my life - at first I really did not know what to think of it, and looked in some parasitic families for clues... It came out to be a member of Asteraceae family, relatively common one in Europe - Butterbur, a.k.a. Devil's hat, bog rhubarb, and pestilence wort; and its 'orobanche' appearance is simply coming because those thick and white-and-pink flower stems appear before the leaves.

Habitat:

Found about 15 already formed inflorescences and few more coming on banks of a river Valserine in Jura range. Mixed forest around.

Notes:

It appears that leaves of these plants were used against infections in Central European traditional medicine.

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2 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Good looks. Unusual but good. Never seen anything like this.

Mel11
Mel11 4 months ago

Wow, nice spotting!

Zlatan Celebic
Spotted by
Zlatan Celebic

Échenevex, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Mar 7, 2021
Submitted on Mar 10, 2021

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