Euryops virgineus (L.f.) DC. APNI*
Description: Woody erect shrub, 1–1.5 metre high; branches long, slender, imbricate with leaves crowded all along to their apices. Branches with many leaf base scars on the woody branches.
Leaves 4–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide at the widest point, sessile, wedge-shaped and sharply and deeply 3–5-toothed.
Flowers bright yellow, axillary but towards the apices of the branches; peduncles much longer than the leaves, 15–20 mm long; involuvcral bracts 5–7, oblong, subacute, connate below; recepticle conical; ray florets 6–7; disc florets c. 22.
Achenes glabrous with longitudinal grooves, c. 1 mm long, pappus white, sparse plumose, with barbs, not persisting.
Flowering: Flowers August – September.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to South Africa. Recorded for the first time at Lilli Pilli in 2013 as a weed of the south coast of NSW.
Weed in dry forest.
NSW subdivisions: *SC
Text by Louisa Murray
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