Chondrilla juncea L.

Skeleton Weed

Sp. Pl. 796 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Usually perennial, to 1.3 m high; stems erect, bristly at base, glabrescent above. Basal leaves short-lived, petiolate, oblanceolate, 4–20 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, runcinate, apex obtuse or rounded, virtually glabrous; cauline leaves few, sessile, linear to lanceolate, to c. 10 cm long but mostly small and bract-like. Capitula 1–3 in axils of reduced leaves; involucre 9–13 mm long; inner bracts 7–9, linear-lanceolate, glabrous to tomentose, with prominent midrib and dark apex. Florets 9–15, yellow; ligule 7–10 mm long. Cypselas 8–10 mm long (including 4–5 mm beak), whitish to dark brown; pappus 6–7 mm long. Flowers late spring–autumn.

*CVU, *EGU, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *RobP, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe and western Asia. Common mainly across drier inland areas of Victoria where a serious and declared noxious weed of cereal crops, roadsides and other disturbed sites.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Asterales
family Asteraceae
genus Chondrilla
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chondrilla juncea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chondrilla juncea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory