Invasive species. Near the Cape Mondego Natural Monument, a coastal protected area in central Portugal.
Invasive species. In the Cape Mondego Natural Monument, a coastal protected area in central Portugal.
Syn. Senecio cineraria. In the Cape Mondego Natural Monument, a protected area in central Portugal. Considered an invasive species in Portugal.
In the Cape Mondego Natural Monument, a protected area in central Portugal. An ancient introduction, it is still considered an invasive species in Portugal.
Several pigeons were in the piazza. The one in the image was on the support structure for the obelisk on the upper side of the church.
Widely used as an ornamental, this species has now become naturalized in some places, in Portugal. It can be distinguished from the native honeysuckles by having flowers in clusters of two in the middle of the branches, while the others have terminal clusters of more numerous flowers.
Sold widely as an excellent nectaring plant... I find that it demands a lot of water or it will promptly wither; and sadly, doesn't really seem so attractive to local butterflies. Perhaps others have had more luck.
Was very proud that I managed to ID this one myself. Usually I have to go crawling to the experts on BugGuide for help with beetles.
Seeking to document observations of non-native introduced species outside of their original homelands. Observations must be of organisms that were introduced to an area by humans recently (established populations of introduced species are okay), not natural shifts in range, or migrations.