Erect, often rather widely branching annual or biennial, to c. 50(–80) cm high; young stems with moderately dense cobwebby hairs and coarser, spreading, gland-tipped hairs to c. 1 mm long, lower stems often with longer (to c. 3 mm) eglandular hairs or bristles. Rosette (weakly developed) and lower cauline leaves petiolate or attenuate at base, c. oblanceolate, shallowly toothed to pinnatifid, mostly 3–8 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, sparsely to moderately bristly all over; upper cauline leaves sessile, auriculate, usually with several linear lobes near base, occasionally entire. Capitula turbinate, nodding or drooping in bud; outer bracts lanceolate, outer surface with sparse to dense cobwebby hairs and erect gland-tipped bristles to c. 1.5 mm long, inner surface with fine appressed hairs; inner bracts narrow-lanceolate, 9–12 mm long, thickening along the midrib and incurved in fruit, enveloping outer cypselas, indumentum as for outer bracts; ligules 6–9 mm long; receptacle with low ciliate ridges. Cypselas 8–13 mm long, scabrous, the outer ones not or hardly beaked, the inner ones with beaks longer than the body; pappus bristles in 2 rows.
*CVU, *EGU, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VAlp, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|