by Stephen Mifsud
   28 Jan 2023      ()
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Glebionis segetum   (Corn Daisy)

Glebionis segetum  (ASTERACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Dec-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Glebionis segetum - datasheet created on Dec-2007. Retrieved from on 28-Jan-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Glebionis segetumFourr.
Published in Ann. Soc. Linn. Lyon , sér. 2, 17: 90 (1869)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Chrysanthemum segetum L.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

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) :

Corn Daisy, Corn Marigold

Maltese name(s) :

Lellux tar-raba, Żigland

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
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 :

February – May

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Glebionis: Latin gleba meaning soil, but allusion remains unclear, perhaps for preferring agricultural habitats with plenty of soil. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Cultivated fields and waste places
Preferred habitat in Malta: Fields and field margins, abandoned fields, footpaths
Botanical Description: Glabrous, blue-green, somewhat fleshy. Stems 20-60(-80) cm, simple or branched. Leaves oblong to obovate-oblong, the lower and middle cauline deeply incise-dentate, the upper subentire, somewhat amplexicaul. Involucre 13-20 mm in diameter; outer bracts ovate, obtuse, yellowish-green, with pale brown marginal band, the apex scarious; inner bracts similar but widened at the appendage. Florets yellow. Inner achenes 10-ribbed; outer achenes with 2 lateral wings; lateral faces with 1-2 ribs; adaxial face with 3 prominent, whitish ribs.
Chromosome number: 2n=18
Distributional range: Perhaps native in the Aegean region extensively naturalized in W. and parts of N. Europe and more locally elsewhere decreasing from many West European stations

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Crete, Greece, Introduced in  the Azores, Belgium, the Balaeric Islands, Britain (excl. Northern Ireland and Channel islands), Corse, Denmark, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Russia and former USSR, B C W E Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Sweden, Turkey (European part)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
AE(G T) Ag Al BH Bl(M N) Co Cr Cy dGa(C) Ga(F) Gr Hs(S) Ir It Jo Le Li Ma ?Mk ?Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sy Tn Tu(A E) [aAu(A) nAz(C F G J L M P S T) nBe(B L) nBr By nCa(C G T) aCs Ct nDa aEs nGe nHb(E N) aHe nHo Hs(S) nHu aLa aLt nLu nMd(M P) Mo nNo nPo Rf(C NW S) aRf(K) aSg Sk nSu Uk(U)]

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Species Images (18 images)
   Glebionis segetum   -   Image Code: GLBSG-0.
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   Glebionis segetum   -   Image Code: GLBSG-11.
   Glebionis segetum   -   Image Code: GLBSG-12.
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   Glebionis segetum   -   Image Code: GLBSG-16.
   Glebionis segetum   -   Image Code: GLBSG-17.

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