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Achillea ptarmica L.

Synonym
  • Ptarmica vulgaris DC., nom. illeg.
  • Achillea fragilis Balb. ex DC.
  • Achillea grandis Fisch. ex Herd
  • Achillea ircutiana Sch. Bip.
  • Achillea linearis Steud.
  • Achillea maxima Heimerl
  • Chamaemelum ptarmica (L.) E.H.L.Krause
Vernacular Name
Sneezewort, Sneezeweed, Bastard Pellitory, European Pellitory, Fair-maid-of-France, Goose Tongue, Sneezewort Yarrow
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Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Medicinal plant
Remarks
Detail
Occurrence: Au(A), Be(B, L), BH, Br, By, Cg, Cs, Ct, Da, Es, Fa, Ga(F), Ge, ?Gr, Hb(E, N), He, Ho, Hs(A, S), Hu, It, La, Lt, Po, Rf(C, E, K, NW), Rm, Sk, Sl, †Sr, Su, -Tu(A), -Uk(K), Uk(U), [nAu(A), nFe, aGa(C), Is, No, Rf(N)] (EuroMed, 2018). A European species of herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the genus Achillea. It is widespread across most of Europe and naturalized in scattered places in North America. Achillea ptarmica has loose clusters of showy white, flower heads that bloom from June to August. Its dark green leaves have finely toothed margins. Like many other plants, the sneezewort's pattern of development displays the Fibonacci sequence. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Achillea ptarmica yields an essential oil that is used in herbal medicine. The leaves are used as an insect repellent. The plant is poisonous to cattle, sheep, and horses. Symptoms are generally slow to develop, and include fever, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, weight loss, drooling, spasms and loss of muscular control, and convulsions. The name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptairo (=sneeze) and means 'causes sneezing'.
Book reference
  • Кузярін О.Т. Судинні рослини території торфовища "Білогорща” (м. Львів) // Наукові основи збереження біотичної різноманітності. - 2010. - Т.1(8), №1. - С.75-90.
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Experts
  • Alexander KUZYARIN, Dr, e-mail: kuzyarin@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Asterales
Asteraceae (=Compositae)
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