Verbascum lychnitis Linnaeus, 1753
Common names: White Mullein [En], Molène lychnite [Fr], Melige toorts [Nl], Mehlige Königskerze [De], Candilera [Es]
Dinant, NAMUR ● Belgium
Description: Biennal growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.6 m (2ft). Stems stout, angled, branched above, densely covered, as well as the lower surface of the leaves, with a white pubescence.
Leaves oblong, ovate or oblong-lanceolate, the margins crenately toothed, 2 to 8 inches long, the upper leaves sessile and pointed at the apex, the lower leaves blunt or pointed and narrowed at the base into margined petioles.
Flowers in large, terminal panicles and racemes on the branches, white or sometimes yellowish, about one-half of an inch broad. Corolla flat, five-lobed, the lobes a little unequal. Stamens five, unequal, the filaments of the three shorter ones with white hairs.
Biology: It flowers from July to August and the seeds ripen from August to September.
Habitat: Waste places and calcareous banks on dry soils
Distribution: Europe, including Britain, from Belgium south and east to Spain, Greece, Siberia and Caucasus. Naturalised in North America.
House H.D., 1918. Wild Flowers Of New York, The University of the State of New York
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