Wild aster, bushy starwort
Aster subulatus, Fam. Asteraceae
An erect annual or perennial herb with stiff slender stems to 2m, much branched in upper parts at flowering.
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|
Alternate, becoming progressively smaller up the stem. Basal leaves ovate, 20-120mm long and up to15mm wide, tapering to a leaf stalk about 4mm long. Upper leaves narrow, stalkless.
White, Purple, Green
|Flower description:||Numerous, greenish or purplish, narrow-cylindrical fluffy heads, 5 -7mm long, borne at the ends of leafy branches. ‘Petals’ small, white, pale lavender to purplish.|
|Fruit description:||‘Seeds’ brown, about 2mm long with a conspicuous tuft of fine, pale hairs, 5-7mm long.|
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|Notes:||Spread by: windborne ‘seeds’. Invades/threats: coastal areas, particularly disturbed sites, gardens and lawns. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|