Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl(=Compositae) (The Daisy or Sunflower Family) 123 species from the Asteraceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.
English name(s) :
Woody Marigold, Shrubby Marigold
Maltese name(s) :
Status for Malta :
Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man
Very Common Common Frequent Scarce Rare Very rare Extinct
Growth form :
Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon
Legal Protection :
Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)
Red List (1989) :
Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)
Flowering Time :
January – April
Colour of Flowers:
Yellow or Orange
Not particularly toxic
Name Derivation :
Calendula: Derived from Latin word 'kalendae' that means first day of the month but is thought to allude to the plant's long flowering season - as if it last for all the months of the calendar. (Latin origin )
Stems erect or diffuse. Leaves sometimes sparsely arachnoid-floccose, especially at margins, undulate or repand-dentate. Capitula 2.5-5(-6) cm in diameter, ligules orange, sometimes red at apex. Outer achenes usually long-beaked, weakly incurved, glabrous or subglabrous.
Sicilia and small islands of C. Mediterranean region.
Distributional map in Europe and the Mediterranean region (2018):
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