Revision of Artemisia scoparia from Thu, 2015-07-02 13:23

Artemisia scoparia Waldst. et Kit. (C and E-Eur., As.) – A rare but probably slightly increasing, ephemeral alien. First recorded as a wool alien in the valley of river Vesdre in 1911. In the past years observed several times but always single plants: under a crash barrier in Izegem in 1999, on a dump in Roeselare in 2000 and near a garden center in Dadizele in 2008. At least the two first records are possibly associated with grain (incl. birdseed).

Artemisia scoparia is a characteristic species of thermophilous grassland (steppe) and is locally becoming naturalised in Central-Europe (outside its native distribution range), especially near railway stations (Brandes 2002). Recently also recorded in the Netherlands (Holverda & al. 2009).

Herbarium specimen

Selected literature:

Amalraj V.A. (1983) Studies on Artemisia scoparia Waldst. and Kit occurring wild in West Rajasthan. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 4(1): 181-184.

Brandes D. (2002) Artemisia scoparia Waldst. & Kit. – neu für Niedersachsen. Braunschw. Naturk. Schr. 6(3): 609-618 [available online at:].

Holverda W., van Moorsel R. & Duistermaat L. (2009) Nieuwe vondsten van zeldzame planten in 2005, 2006 en ten dele 2007. Gorteria 34: 1-40.

Żukowski W. (1981) Rozmieszczenie Artemisia scoparia W. K. w Polsce. Bad. Fizjogr. nad Polską Zach. 32: 115-121.

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