Telekia Baumg.

Telekia is a small genus of one or two species, native from Central-Europe to the Caucasus. Both are cultivated as ornamentals (Knees 2000; Jäger & al. 2008) but only one, Telekia speciosa, is more or less widespread in cultivation. According to recent molecular phylogenetic studies Telekia is closely related to Carpesium and some resiniferous species of Inula, including Inula helenium (Englund & al. 2009). These species are informally accommodated in “the Inula complex”. Pending additional studies both genera are here accepted in their traditional sense.

Telekia speciosa


Anderberg A.A. (1991) Taxonomy and phylogeny of the tibe Inuleae (Asteraceae). Pl. Syst. Evol. 176: 75-123.

Englund M., Pornpongrungrueng P., Gustafsson M.H.G. & Anderberg A.A. (2009) Phylogenetic relationships and generic delimitation Inuleae subtribe Inulinae (Asteraceae) based on ITS and cpDNA sequence data. Cladistics 25(4): 319-352.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Knees S.G. (2000) Dracocephalum. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 6. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 550.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith