Tender annual herb with erect flowering stems to c. 50 cm high. Rosette leaves with lamina ± rhombic to angular-elliptic, c. 1–4 cm long and wide, soon withering, petioles narrow, to c. 25 cm long; involucre of connate stem-leaves ± circular, bowl-like, 1.5–8 cm diam. Inflorescence usually 2–10 cm long, 7–many-flowered, simple or few-branched, with 1–few leaf-like bracts toward the base. Sepals ovate, c. 2 mm long at anthesis, enlarging to 3–4 mm in fruit, shortly united at base, rounded at apex; petals 2–5 mm long, white or pink; style cleft to about midway. Capsule subequal to sepals, splitting to below midway; seeds 3 per capsule, elliptic, 1.5–2 mm long, blackish, shining, almost smooth, with a whitish aril c. 0.3 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Nov.
*CVU, *Gold. An occasional weed of moist, often rocky areas in bushland (e.g. Castlemaine, Harcourt) and sometimes heavily infesting damp farmland areas (e.g. St Arnaud, Casterton, Beaufort, Woodend, Alexandra districts).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|