25 - ELEGANTE
Eryngium elegans Cham. & Schltdl. (APIACEAE)
25- Elegante - Eryngium elegans Cham. & Schltdl. (APIACEAE)
Erect herbs, with a height of around 30 cm, from the center grow a long scape with inflorescences up to 1.40 m with an aspect similar to that of a bromeliad, arranged in rosette. Plant with characteristic black rhizome. Erect basal leaves, 8.5 to 20 x 0.7 to 2 cm, usually oval or lanceolate, dilated at the base, and saw-shaped margin. Inflorescence in the form of a globose chapter, from 0.5 to 0.8 cm, whose axis is cylindrical, striated, from 0.6 to 1 m high, rigid, erect; surrounded by some pointed bracts. Greenish-white flowers, arranged in small rounded groups. It forms a small fruit, around 2 mm, oval in shape. Flowering from December to March.
Distribution: In Brazil, it occurs in the South, Southeast and Midwest regions, with a clear preference for swampy places, poor soils, river banks, sometimes in forests and savannahs.
Situation in São Paulo: Occasionally found in vacant lots, roadsides and highways. It is difficult to say whether it is rare in the city: it has USP, Parque Burle Marx and around Pirituba.
How to plant:
Uses: Ornamental potential forming an interesting lining with a beautiful effect when in bloom. The flower stems can be dried and used as decoration.
ELIZALDE, JHI; LALLANA, VH REVISIÓN ON BIOECOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ESPECIES DEL GÉNERO ERYNGIUM (APIACEAE). REV. FACULTAD DE AGRONOMÍA, UBA, V. 20, N. 2, P. 269-279, 2000.
WANDERLEY, MARIA DAS GRAÇAS LAPA ET AL. FANEROGAMIC FLORA OF THE STATE OF SÃO PAULO. RIMA, VOL 4, 2005.
One of the first species brought to the Cerrado Infinito, it was successful and is still there today. Reproduces alone.