Syn.: Senecio auritus (L’Hér.) Lowe, Senecio maderensis DC., Cineraria aurita L’Hér.
Family: Asteraceae Bercht. et J. Presl

Pericallis aurita

Distribution: Endemic to the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

Ecology: It grows in laurel forests and on rocky slopes in the mountains of central Madeira, at an elevation over 1000 m asl. It blooms from May to July.

Pericallis aurita

Description: Shrub up to 150 cm tall. Stems prostrate to ascending, branched. Leaves petiolate, with auricles, cordate, 5–12 cm in diameter, dentate, pubescent above and white-tomentose beneath. Inflorescence corymbose, involucral bracts in a single row, glabrous, ray florets 5–8 per head, ligules c. 9 mm long, pale purple, disc florets purple. The fruit is an achene with a pappus.

Note: The genus Pericallis is endemic to Macaronesia (the Cape Verde and Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores) and includes 14 species.

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Pericallis aurita

These images were taken in Portugal, Madeira, Boca da Encumeada and Levada do Risco (June 29, 2005).