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From flea +‎ bane.



fleabane (plural fleabanes)

  1. Any of various species of flowering plants, mostly in two subfamilies in Asteroideae, that typically repel insects:
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 120:
      On a sunny September morning, with the trees still green, but the asters and fleabanes already taking over in ditch and dalk, Van set out for Ladoga, N.A.
    1. Astereae
      1. Conyza (butterweeds or horseweed)
      2. Erigeron, especially Erigeron acre (blue fleabane)
    2. Inuleae
      1. Inula (yellowheads)
      2. Pluchea (camphorweeds)
      3. Pulicaria (false fleabane), especially common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica subsp. dysenterica, formerly Inula dysenterica)
  2. In Cichorioideae, Vernonia (ironweeds).


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