Herbs with few cauline and simple radical leaves, and yellow flowers. Involucral bracts in two or three series, equal. Disk-florets perfect, ray female, destitute of pappus. The species are natives of Europe and Asia. The derivation of the name is obscure, though it is said to be of Arabic origin.

1. D. Caucasicum (fig. 146). - Valuable on account of its early and abundant orange-coloured flower-heads, which appear in April and May..

Fig. 146. Doronicum Caucasicmn. (1/4 nat. size.)

Fig. 146. Doronicum Caucasicmn. (1/4 nat. size.)

2. D. Pardalianches. Common Leopard's Bane. - This is a commoner plant in English gardens, and naturalised in some districts. It is near the foregoing, but taller, and its pale yellow flower-heads are not so early.