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Taxon: Helminthotheca echioides (L.) Holub

Genus: Helminthotheca
Family: Asteraceae (alt. Compositae) subfamily: Cichorioideae tribe: Cichorieae subtribe: Hypochaeridinae
Nomen number: 406955
Place of publication: Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 8:176. 1973
Name verified on: 28-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 28-Feb-2012
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • bristly oxtongue   (Source: Dict Gard [as Picris echioides]) – English
  • oxtongue   (Source: Pl Book [as Picris echioides]) – English
  • helminthie fausse-vipérine   (Source: L Noms French ed7 [as Picris echioides]) – French
  • Natterkopf-Bitterkraut   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German
  • Wurmlattich   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German
  • falsa-serralha   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005 [as Picris echioides]) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lyktfibbla   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn [as Picris echioides]) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Atlas WWeed, Picris echioides)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    Western Asia: Cyprus; Iran; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Azerbaijan; Georgia
    Middle Europe: Austria; Netherlands; Switzerland
    East Europe: Ukraine - Krym
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    Southern Africa: South Africa
    Middle Asia: Turkmenistan
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Ireland; Norway; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Germany; Hungary; Poland
    Southeastern Europe: Romania
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Ontario
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, Saskatchewan
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Montana, Oregon
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, California
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay

    Middle Europe: Czech Republic
    East Europe: Latvia; Lithuania




Check other web resources for Helminthotheca echioides (L.) Holub:


  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Fruits: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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