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Chicory - Cichorium intybus

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Chicory Chicory - Cichorium intybus subsp. silvestre dylan Purdown and Stoke Park 14 Sep 2023, 5:36 p.m. 24 Aug 2023, 3:31 p.m.

Species Description

Widespread but uncommon throughout the UK.

Stace 4:

Cichorium intybus L. - Chiccory.

Perennial; stems stiff, procumbent to erect, glabrous to hairy, to 1m; lower leaves oblanceolate, deeply lobed to toothed; capitula 2.5-4cm across, on slightly thickened stalks; pappus-scales 1/10-1/8 as long as achene; 2n=18. Archaeophyte-denizen; roadsides, rough grassland, waste places; locally common, especially on calcareous soils, in Central and South Britain, Channel Islands, scattered elsewhere in British Isles. The commonest wild plants are referable to ssp. silvestre (Bisch.) Janch., with deeply dissected lower leaves. The cultivated plant, whose young tight shoots are blanched for use as salad, belong to ssp. intybus (ssp. sativum (Bisch.) Janch.).

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Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora






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