Crassocephalum crepidioides, Fam. Asteraceae
Erect, annual herb to 1m with a ribbed stem.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Simple, alternate with coarsely toothed margins, elliptic to ovate in outline, up to 200 x 100mm with stalks to 40mm long; upper leaves smaller, usually elliptical; lower leaves larger with a pair of lobes close to base.
|Flower description:||Orange to orange-pink, fluffy heads borne on slender stems in drooping groups, becoming erect as ‘seeds’ develop.|
|Fruit description:||Numerous small brown ribbed ‘seeds’, each with many fine hairs attached to the top.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Africa and Madagascar|
|Notes:||Spread by: seeds by wind and water; contact with the ground results in pieces of stem taking root. Invades/threats: roadsides and disturbed areas. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|