26 - ERVA GROSSA

Orthopappus angustifolius (Sw.) Gleason (ASTERACEAE)

26 - Erva-grossa - Orthopappus angustifolius (Sw.) Gleason (ASTERACEAE)

Herb of 30 cm and up to 1.5 meters when in bloom, with a simple, hairy stem. Leaves 10-30 x 3-cm, pointed or slightly rounded, with a prominent central and secondary rib, with a rough texture to the touch. Inflorescence starting from a single scape, composed of a profusion of small flowers, lilacs or purplish, forming straw-like fruits.

 

Distribution: They occur all over Brazil and in Latin America.

Situation in São Paulo: Plant completely ruderal and typical of the city, occurring in sunny environments, but also with diffused light.

How to plant: It can be found on the street and it is an unnecessary task to do transplants, better to collect the seeds and spread.

Uses: Plant with leaves of little ornamental value, thick and rough, Usually does not form dense infestations, but has a marked presence especially when it is considered a weed in lawns, however the flowering stem can be an interesting composition element in naturalist gardens . Due to its great resistance, it can be cultivated in the areas of greatest stress in the infinite cerrado.

ALMEIDA, GRACINEIDE SELMA SANTOS DE ET AL. ASTERACEAE DUMORT. IN THE RUPESTRAL FIELDS OF THE ITACOLOMI STATE PARK, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL. DISSERTATION. MASTERS IN BOTANICS. VIÇOSA. 2008.

LORENZI, H. DANINE PLANTS IN BRAZIL: TERRESTRIAL, AQUATIC, PARASITE AND TOXIC. PLANTARUM INSTITUTE. NOVA ODESSA, SP, 4th ED. 2008. 672P. IL.

NOVARA, LAZARO. ASTERACEAE-VERNONIEAE. BOTANICAL SUPPORTS OF SALTA-SERIE FLORA, V. 2, N. 1, P. 1-32, 1993.

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