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Logfia arvensis (L.) Holub
field filago
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems erect, simple or branching, white-woolly, 3-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves alternate, entire, linear, abruptly sharp-pointed, up to 4 cm long and 5 mm wide, white-woolly.
Heads disciform, numerous in tight clusters towards the ends of branches, egg-shaped to conic until mature, 3-5 mm tall; involucres scanty; involucral bracts few, boat-shaped, subtending outermost flowers, woolly throughout; receptacular bracts woolly, simulating an involucre; inner flowers 2-5, white, appearing perfect but often sterile, bractless; outer flowers female, bractless.
Achenes nerveless, papillose; pappus of white, hairlike bristles.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides, waste areas and overgrazed grasslands and shrublands in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in extreme S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Logfia arvensis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 449 905 1484
Slope Gradient (%) 0 26 202
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 176 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1), ICH(12), IDF(71), MS(5), PP(19)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Filago arvensis L.
Gnaphalium arvense L., nom. inval.
Oglifa arvensis (L.) Cass.

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