12 - ASSA-PEIXE ROXO
Lessingianthus glabratus (Less.) H.Rob. (Asteraceae)
12 - Assa-peixe roxo - Lessingianthus glabratus (Less.) H.Rob. (Asteraceae)
Perennial shrub plant, erect, up to 2 m tall, branched, with rough leaves and leather texture, lanceolate, glabrous. Stem erect and hairy, greenish. With tuberous roots. Small groups of flowers at the tip of the branches, in violet color.
Distribution: Midwest, South and Southeast. Native plant in rupicolous environments and in cerrado formations.
Situation in São Paulo: Known as a weed, it is seen in fragments and patches of cerrado, by the side of roads and even in environments with high disturbance. Potentially invasive plant.
How to plant: It reproduces well by collecting its seeds and spreading them over the soil. To transplant it is best to use a shovel and remove the clod, keeping the roots intact.
Uses: Potential as a perennial ornamental plant, due to its flowers that attract bees and butterflies.
BIONDI, D .; LEAL, L .; BATISTA, AC PHENOLOGY OF FLOWERING AND FRUITIFICATION OF NATIVE SPECIES OF CAMPOS-DOI: 10.4025 / ACTASCIBIOLSCI. V29I3. 478. ACTA SCIENTIARUM. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, V. 29, N. 3, P. 269-276, 2007.
What to say? The flowering is beautiful, an elegant plant, very meliferous, very striking in groups. This is easily found on roadside and vacant lots farther from the city center. In the Cerrado Infinito it is since the beginning of the project.