Dittrichia graveolens

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Dittrichia
Species: graveolens
Scientific Name
Dittrichia graveolens
(L.) W. Greuter
Common Names

stinkwort

Overview

Appearance
Dittrichia graveolens is an annual herb with a very rank smell that can grow up to 7.9-51.2 in. (0.2-1.3 m) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate, linear, oblong, 0.79-3.9 in. (2-10 cm) long, and soft with entire margins, acute tips, and hairy edges.
Flowers
Flower heads are small, bell shaped, 0.18-0.39 in. (4.5-10 mm) long, and found in long loose panicles. Flowers are yellow and 0.16-0.28 in. (4-7 mm) long.
Fruit
Fruits are cylindrical, light brown, 0.08 in. (2 mm) long, and narrow at the top then expanded at the base. Seeds are 30 bristles, fluffy, 0.12-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) long attached at the base.
Ecological Threat
Dittrichia graveolens can be found in pastures, wastelands, and along roadsides. It is native to the Mediterranean. This plant can cause severe contact dermatitis to humans and can kill livestock.

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