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Verbascum blattaria

Basic information
Scientific name Verbascum blattaria

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Common names moth mullein, white moth mullein
Higher taxon Scrophulariaceae, Scrophulariales, Magnoliopsida, Magnoliophyta
Natural range Europe to north Africa.
Habitat Roadside, grassland, riverside, crop field, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Hokkaido to Tohoku District, Shizuoka, Mie, and Hyogo Prefs. Range in Japan
Date Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Route Deliberate: For horticulture
Impact Potentially: Hitchhiking on agricultural pest (Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Competition with native species.
Affected organism: Native herbs and crop plants (potato, eggplant, etc.)
Regulation in Japan Import of genus Verbascum from the countries with Leptinotarsa decemlineata to Japan is prohibited by the Plant Protection Act.
Introduced range in other countries North America, Australia, etc.
Reference Notes
  • Ogaito, H (2009, pers. comm., on the occurrence in Mie Pref.)
  • Osada (1976) Colored Illustrations of Naturalized Plants of Japan. Hoikusha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Plant Protection Station (