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Digitalis laevigata (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Plantaginaceae
Tribus: Digitalideae
Genus: Digitalis
Sectio: D. sect. Globiflorae
Species: Digitalis laevigata
Subspecies: D. l. subsp. graeca – D. l. subsp. laevigata

Digitalis laevigata Waldst. & Kit., Descr. Icon. Pl. Hung. 2: 171 (1804).

Digitalis laevigata C.A.Mey., Verz. Caucasus Pfl.: 110 (1849) = Digitalis nervosa Hochst. ex Benth. (1846).


D. × denticulata – D. × pelia
Native distribution areas:

Southeastern Europe
Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia).

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Waldstein-Wartemburg, F. de P. von & Kitaibel, P. 1803–1805. Descriptiones et Icones Plantarum Rariorum Hungariae. Vol. 2. I–XXXII, 105–221, Tab. 101–200. M.A. Schmidt, Vienna [Wien]. Biblioteca Digital Reference page. : 171, t. 158.

Additional references

Hassler, M. 2021. Digitalis laevigata. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 January 24. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Digitalis laevigata in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 January 24. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Digitalis laevigata. Published online. Accessed: 24 January 2021.

Digitalis laevigata, common names Grecian foxglove or giraffe foxglove, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Digitalis, in the family Plantaginaceae.[1]


Digitalis laevigata subsp. graeca (Ivanina) Werner
Digitalis laevigata subsp. laevigata Waldst. & Kit.


Digitalis laevigata grows to about 70–90 centimetres (28–35 in) in height.[2] This perennial herbaceous plant has erect stems with lance-shaped leaves, while basal leaves are oblong to ovate. It produces spires of orange or yellow-brown bell-shaped flowers with a large whitish lower lip and purple veined, speckled interiors. It blooms from May to July.[3][4]

This species is native to southern Europe. It grows wild in the Balkans.

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