England, Norway, Sweden, France, Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Germany,
Switzerland (I), Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Hungary, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia
& Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece,
European Turkey, Morocco, USA (I) (California (I)), India (c), Hispaniola (I),
Puerto Rico (I)
as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Black Salsify, Spanish salsify, Black oyster plant, serpent root, viper’s herb, viper’s grass

Images
by Tabish (Id by Gurcharan Singh) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details,
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Unid from Ladakh: Flower from Nubra Valley, Ladakh, at 3100 m.
May or may not be wild. Found flowering in June end.
Please identify


Composits are often difficult without the photograph of fruit, which normally is not taken unless you are a keen taxonomist. At the same time with just the fruit you can identify the whole plant especially in the group with ligulate heads (kindly see my paper published in 1972, enclosed here). In this case perhaps clue lies in involucre bracts which are in more than two series and bracts are triangular. With ligulate florets only in the It points to Scorzonera. Wild species S. divaricata has zigzag stems and very narrow.

This plant to me appears Scorzonera hispanica, probably a cultivation escape.
I think you are on the dot!


   
 
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