Niger - Guizotia abyssinica


An erect, plant which grows to a height of about 60 cm with a stout, hairy, well-branched stem. grown for its edible oil and seed. It has rich yellow flowers (20 to 25 mm across) which are backed by two rows of large, sepal-like bracts. The flowers are composed of slightly untidy, ridged, spreading, strap-shaped petals which have deeply scalloped edges. The unstalked, opposite lanceolate leaves are toothed.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Detailed photographs required.


Found on disturbed ground, rubbish tips, sewage farms, roadsides and waste places, where it usually occurs as a casual from bird-seed, grain, oil-seed and wool shoddy.

When to see it

It is in flower from late summer, from July to October or later. The seeds ripen from autumn.

Life History

Annual herb.

UK Status

Occasional, but widespread casual in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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