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Otanthus maritimus

Cottonweed

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Species features
Common nameCottonweed
Latin nameOtanthus maritimus (L.) Hoffm. & Link
Conservation status and threatsPROTECTED species in Bulgaria. "Critically Endangered" in Ana Petrova & Vladimir Vladimirov. 2009. Red List of Bulgarian vascular plants – Phytol. Balcan., 15(1): 63-94. The main threat fot the species are the various tourist activitis.
Description and identificationPerennial psammophile plant or semishrub. The stems are up to 40 cm high. Flowering July - September [Petrova, 2010] Covered with thick white down. Leaves oblong and toothed. Flowers packed into compund flowerheads. Flowerheads with no ray flowers, button-like, yellow and arranged in clusters [Genetic Heritage Ireland].
Distribution in BulgariaThe Black Sea coast [Petrova, 2010].

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