Taxonomy

Tussilago farfara | Coltsfoot | Sponc

Distribution

Status

Conservation status


Legal status


Native status


First reported in the wild


NAPRA Ireland risk assessed


Species Biology

Identification

Flowers from February to May

Solitary yellow flowers (which appear before the leaves) are made up of central disc florets and surrounded by ray florets.

Stems can be pinkish/brown with multiple scale-leaves.

Leaves appear after flowering and are heart shaped and angular, with the topside being generally smooth and the underside having white woolly/cottony hairs. 

The species is not easily confused with any others, although can superficial appear like a Dandelion (Taraxacum agg.) at a distance.

Commonly one of the first plant species to start flowering. 

Preferred environment


Adult habitat & habits


Diet


Ecology


Habitat

A common species and found throughout a range of habitats, roadsides, gravel banks and disturbed areas. 

Flight period


Life stages


Reproduction


Life cycle


Food plants


Threats faced


Conservation actions


Nesting biology


Flowers visited


Ex-situ conservation


Use


Vegetative nature


Irish reference specimens


Determination


Pathway and vector description


Management approach


Habitat description


Similar species


Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)


Irish distribution


Distribution frequency in Ireland


Native distribution


Temporal change

Temporal change


Records submitted to Data Centre in 2020

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