Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Biennial herbs, with glandular and simple hairs; taproot stout. Leaves basal and cauline, alternate, entire or serrulate, petiolate. Capitula more or less globose to ovoid, in terminal corymbose or racemose clusters or solitary; involucral bracts in many series, narrow, hooked at apex, unequal, outer ones spreading or reflexed in fruit, herbaceous, glabrous or cobwebbed; receptacle flat with numerous rigid subulate scales. Florets bisexual, tubular, more or less equal, purple or white; corolla deeply 5-lobed, glabrous; anthers sagittate at base, acuminate at apex; style bilobed, with linear terete branches, apices truncate and papillose. Cypselas obovoid-oblong, somewhat compressed, ribbed, glabrous; pappus of several unequal series of free bristles, barbellate, deciduous, golden-yellow.

9 species, in Europe, northern Africa and temperate parts of Asia; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asteraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
Higher taxa
genus Arctium
Subordinate taxa