Sp. Pl., edn 2, 1492 (1763) APNI
Perennial herb, 20–80 cm tall, woody; stems erect, densely covered in hooked hairs and scattered glandular and curved hairs. Leaf-lamina lanceolate, elliptic, ovate or rhombic, usually to 2.6 cm long and 9 mm wide, midrib dividing into 3; base cuneate to narrowly cuneate; apex mostly apiculate, sometimes obtuse, midrib divided into 3. Inflorescence a 3(rarely 5)-flowered cyme; central flower female; lateral flowers bisexual; common subtending bracts 7, united in basal third to half, forming campanulate involucre, a very delicate reticulate venation visible; perianth c. 2 mm long in female flowers, 3–3.5 mm long in bisexual flower; stigma on a long style. Achene c. 1.2 mm long, c. 0.8 mm wide, distinctly asymmetric, hard, not crushed or crumbled; apiculum absent. Flowers Oct.–Apr.
*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native in western Asia and southern Europe. Naturalised in New Zealand, North and South America. A weed predominantly in urban areas, where locally common in paths, walls, wasteland, and rocky areas in degraded creeks.
Leaf shape is quite variable between plants but relatively consistent within individuals: leaves range from almost lanceolate and generally small, to large and rhombic, even occasionally ovate (the latter similar to those of P. debilis).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|