Calflora
Taxon  Report   10921    
Helminthotheca echioides  (L.) Holub
Bristly ox-tongue
Helminthotheca echioides
© 2016 Hayley Ross
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Helminthotheca echioides
© 2003 George W. Hartwell
Helminthotheca echioides
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Helminthotheca echioides, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Helminthotheca echioides
© 2009 Zoya Akulova
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Helminthotheca
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

PLANTS accepted name:
Picris echioides

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Picris echioides
More information about  Helminthotheca echioides
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).