bristly oxtongue


bristly oxtongue

Helminthotheca echioides

Scientific name

H. echioides may grow up to 90 cm (35 in) tall, with a thick, furrowed stem and spreading branches. The leaves are 10-20 cm (4-8 in) long, oblanceolate with a short petiole. The leaves, branches and stem are all covered in thick bristles. The inflorescences are 2-3.5 cm (0.8-1.4 in) wide and subtended by between 3 and 5 large ovate-cordate involucral bracts. These large bracts are the defining feature of the genus Helminthotheca.

A number of infraspecific taxa are recognised, varying in their leaf shape.

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

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