Prodr. 5: 285 (1836) APNI
Sprawling, rhizomatous, branched herb to c. 40 cm high. Leaves sparsely appressed-pubescent, the lower ones ovate to obovate in outline, usually 3–7-lobed to about midway, 30–60 mm long, 15–30 mm wide, grading to simple, narrow-elliptic or linear bracts of the peduncles. Capitula c. hemispherical; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm long, sparsely appressed-pubescent along the midrib; ray florets 2-seriate, with white to crimson ligules 3–5 mm long, widely spreading from summit of involucre. Cypselas flattened, oblong, c. 1 mm long, sparsely pubescent; pappus bristles mostly c. 2 mm long, interspersed with much shorter bristles. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.
*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *OtR, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Central America (Mexico to Panama). A commonly grown herb, particularly in rockeries and cottage gardens, occasionally escaping in cooler districts (e.g. Lorne, Kinglake, Gembrook, Mirboo areas).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|