Urospermum picroides (L.) Scop. ex F.W. Schmidt


Genus: Urospermum

Catalan common name: Amargot. Cuixa barba. Cuixa de dona. Morro de porc. Pom de morro.

Province distribution: Balearic Islands.

Distribution in the islands: Mallorca. Menorca. Ibiza. Formentera. Cabrera. Dragonera.

IUCN Category: LCLeast concern

Life-forms: Terophyte.

Habitats: Cultivated fields, path and road sides, disturbed zones. Therophytic calicole fields. Eutrophic soils.

Characteristics: The genus Urospermum is characterized by its involucre bracts: large and arranged in one solitary row. Species Urospermum picroides is clearly distinct from Urospermum dalechampii as it is an annual, not a perennial, and because it is covered with rigid hairs, leaving it rough to the touch, while Urospermum dalechampii has silky hairs. Additionally, the colour of the capitulum is orangey-yellow instead of lemon yellow.