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Ligularia sibirica-Ligulaire de Sibérie.JPG
Ligularia sibirica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Ligularia
Cass. (1816)
Type species
L. sibirica

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Ligularia H. A. Duval
Sekika Mediku
Erythrochaete Siebold & Zucc.
Senecillis Gaertn.
Sources: ING[1] B,[2] GRIN[3]

Ligularia (leopard plant) is a genus of robust Old World herbaceous perennial plants in the family Asteraceae.[4] They have yellow or orange composite flower heads with brown or yellow central disc florets, and are native to damp habitats mostly in central and eastern Asia, with a few species from Europe.[5] There are about 120[6] to 140 species in the genus, and over half are endemic to China.[7] The name Ligularia, from the Latin for "strap", refers to the shape of the ray florets.[8]

Some species are cultivated as ornamentals. The cultivars 'Gregynog Gold'[9] and 'The Rocket'[10] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Selected species[edit]


  1. ^ "Ligularia" (HTML). Index Nominum Genericorum. International Association for Plant Taxonomy. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  2. ^ Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. "Details for: Ligularia" (HTML). Euro+Med PlantBase. Freie Universität Berlin. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  3. ^ Genus Ligularia. GRIN. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program, National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  4. ^ This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Porter, Noah, ed. (1913), Webster's Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts: C. & G. Merriam Co. 
  5. ^ RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  6. ^ Liu, J. Q., et al. (2006). Radiation and diversification within the LigulariaCremanthodiumParasenecio complex (Asteraceae) triggered by uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38(1) 31-49.
  7. ^ Ligularia. Flora of China.
  8. ^ Coombes, A. J. (2012). The A to Z of Plant Names. USA: Timber Press. p. 312. ISBN 9781604691962. 
  9. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ligularia 'Gregynog Gold'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ligularia 'The Rocket'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ligularia at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Ligularia at Wikispecies The dictionary definition of ligularia at Wiktionary