Centranthus ruber (L.) DC

Red valerian, Kiss-me-quick, Jupiter's beard
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Description 1

Hemicryptophyte. 30-80 cm long herbaceous perennial plant. Glabrous, with simple or branched flat and straight stalks. Oval or spear shaped leaves, of 8-12 cm in length and 2-4 of width; opposite whole or jagged leaves. Lower leaves with leaf stalk and sessile upper leaves. Many red or white flowers with side shoot, grouped in compressed corymbs which extend in trichotomous panicle. Achene-type glabrous fruit.

Biology 1

Herbaceous perennial plant. Sexual maturity one year after its germination. Mainly sexual reproduction, but also by root fragments. It produces hundreds of seeds which disperse in the wind. Hardly affected by plagues and diseases. It prefers very sunny areas, but also semi-shade places. Moderate capacity to resist cold. It can tolerate periods of drought but it grows better in wet environments.

Habitat 1

Agricultural lands and green areas of anthropic origin. Urbanised areas. Medium altitude scrublands. Areas of xerophyte grassland of the altitudinal zonation. Altered scrublands and pastures. Humid mountain forests, vegetation in volcanic fields and humid rupicolous habitats with predominance of evergreen or pine wood.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species.

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Flora 1

http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_flora.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/282

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