Tordylium apulum - Mediterranean Hartwort - Καυκαλιθρα
The hartwort does have edible leaves. In Italy and Greece it is used as a condiment. The Mediterranean Hartwort usually grows to 50 - 150 centimeters in height. It has an erect stem that is branched with soft, spreading hairs at the base, and scattered hairs along the rest of the stem. The leaves are softly hairy and pinnate, with the lower leaves being oval with toothed segments, and the upper leaves having linear segments. It has 2-8 primary rays. The marginal flowers each have 1 white petal, enlarged, and uniformly deeply 2-lobed. The bracts and bracteoles are linear long-pointed with spreading hairs. The fruit is orbicular and flattened, and usually is 5-8 millimeters in size.
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