Anoda cristata (L.) Schltdl.

Anoda Weed

Linnaea 11: 210 (1837) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect annual or sometimes perennial herb to c. 80 cm high; branches usually hirsute. Leaves triangular-ovate, 3.5–10 cm long, 3–9.5 cm wide, usually 3–5-lobed; base cuneate; margins coarsely dentate; both surfaces with sparse to moderately dense long simple hairs; petiole 2–4 cm long. Flowers solitary, axillary; pedicels 2–6 cm long; calyx lobes 7–11 mm long, elongating to 15 mm in fruit, long-acuminate, densely hirsute or bristly; petals usually pale purple, whitish at the base, 8–12 mm long. Fruit transversely elliptic, 10–20 mm diam., remaining on the widely spreading calyx; mericarps 9–20, bristly or hirsute, beaked dorsally. Flowers mostly summer.

Naturalised in WA, Qld, NSW. Native to Central America, recorded once in Victoria near Rochester in 1969 but apparently has not persisted at this site. This species is a serious weed of irrigated dryland agricultural areas of New South Wales and Queensland.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-17
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Anoda
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Anoda cristata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Anoda cristata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
New South Wales