I am unable to arrive at a satisfactory identification of this plant. It might be Senecio nemorensis, but I just don't know. It is almost certainly not an Inula, but who can say. I hope members of the forum will be able to say.
After referral to to as many keys that I could find I believe this plant to be Solidago virgaurea subsp. virgaurea. I will leave this thread open to receive members opinions.
I've been going over Solidago keys the past few days and think you have it identified to my satisfaction, not that that means anything.
Dear greenthumb99, I have just received identification of this plant from the Botanical Gdns., of the Univ. of Cammerino, Italy. The new classification for this plant is Dittrichia viscosa (L) Greuter (which you won't find in any keys as of yet. The plants old classification is Inula viscosa (L) Aiton. My thanks for replying and for your suggestions. duffy
It doesn't seem to be a recent change, Towler, as there are plenty of references available for it... probably no reason why it wouldn't be in the keys (that refer to the right genus).
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Do you know what charachteristics distinguish it from a Solidago?
Dear Greenthumb99, I am afraid that I cannot really help you as I am not an expert just a lover of nature and in particular wild flowers of a particular area of Southern Italy. I am sure our fellow member altagardener could give us this information. He has helped me a lot since I have been a member.
Hello altagardener, You are absolutely right. The identification was given me by a friend/member of staff of an Italian Univ. botanical garden. It was an incorrect assumption of my own since in many of my guides Inula viscosa is referred to. On two or three occasions, Anthemis sp. was one of them the name of which has been changed. Thank you altagardener.