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Asteraceae: Tussilago farfara L.

Coltsfoot is an introduced species from Eurasia and North Africa and can be found in such disturbed areas as roadsides, paths and alongside brooks. The flowers appear in early spring. Leaves appear after flowers have gone to seed. The flowering stem bears pink scales and is covered in white hairs. The inflorescence of coltsfoot is a capitulum typical of the family Asteraceae. Strap-shaped pistillate (female) flowers are arranged in several rows around the periphery of the inflorescence (ray flowers); staminate (male) flowers are few and are found in the center of the inflorescence (disc flowers). Rounded-cordate, toothed leaves are woolly underneath and become quite large later in the season.
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May 4, 2008. Lunenburg County: Crouse Settlement Road. Photographer: Ocotillo.
Tussilago farfara Tussilago farfara

May 31, 2007. Halifax County: off of Purcells Cove Road. Photographer: JackPine.
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Coltsfoot was an early colonizer of this recently excavated, sloping ground. Yellow flowers are those of dandelion; coltsfoot has gone to seed,

Tussilago farfara

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