Filago eriocephalus

Cudweed                                                                                   Κοινό όνομα άγνωστο


Asteraceae - daisy family                                                                                          Dicot.

 
 

These rather unobtrusive little plants are covered in wooly hairs giving rise to both the genus and species name, Filago eriocephalus. The flower heads are composed of tiny yellow florets arranged in a globe, resembling the medieval weapon, a spiked flail. The plants are soft and flexible and were once used to feed cows which could not chew cud, hence the common english name cudweed.

Reference works state that the plants reach a height of 40cm, however on Skopelos they only appear as low growing plants.

8-10mm,10-20cm                             JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

Filago - from Latin filum meaning thread

Eriocepahalus from erion (ëριον) - ancient greek for wool

+ cephalus from cephali (κέφαλι) Greek for head

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