Scorzonera gageoides (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Microcephala lamellata
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Scorzonera gageoides (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Senecio subdentatus
Scorzonera gageoides
Scorzonera gageoides


Scorzonera gageoides Boiss.

Local name

  • Russian: Козелец гэджеевидный - kozelec gèdžeevidnyj
  • Uzbek: Bir savatchali skorzonera
  • Turkmen: El’myk

Description and morphology: Perennial ephemeroid plant (height 20–30 cm). Thick, tuberculiform root. Stem: few, erect, sometimes ascending, dry old stems remaining. Leaves: large, pinnately divided, lanceolate or ovate, woolly pubescent with entire margins: lower – (15–20 cm long). Flowers: bisexual; actinomorphic, yellow, in axillary or terminal small capitules (2–5 on stems), assembled in raceme-like inflorescence, 5 stamens, filaments free.

Reproduction: Sexual. Typical entomophilous plant. Flowering and fruit maturation: May–June. Fruit: achene, cylindrical, smoothly or woolly pubescent (9–10 mm long).

Pastoral importance: Well grazed by all livestock during early stages of growth.

Habitat: Common on steppe, dry foothills and rocky slopes.

Distribution: Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan and western China.