Family: - Asteraceae.Names:
SummaryA small, grey, woolly, annual herb with round leaves on long stalks and small crowded flower heads.
Leaves:Softly woolly, grey.
Stems:1 to several, 20-120 mm long. Erect or prostrate.
Flower head:Greenish brown, small, sessile, conical, crowded in small clusters surrounded by stem leaves. It looks like it is at the end of a stem but is actually in a leaf axil.
Flowers:Tubular and swollen toward the base. 2-3 outer ones are female and thread like. 2-3 disk flowers are bisexual, fertile and 5 toothed. No "petals".
Fruit:Achene. Inverted cone shape and usually hairy and somewhat warty.
Seed Biology and Germination:Vegetative Propagules:
Origin and History:Australian native.
Distribution:ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA.
Soil:Wide range, but more abundant on sands and loams.
Plant Associations:Dry areas in pasture, grasslands, woodland or open forest.
Toxicity:Not reported to be toxic.
Management and Control:Rarely a problem in crops. Pastures may be sprayed with Jaguar if necessary.
Biological Control:Not considered for biological control because it is a native plant.
Related plants:Hooked Cudweed (Stuartina hamata) is very similar to Spoon Cudweed
Plants of similar appearance:Hooked Cudweed (Stuartina hamata) has a rigid yellow hook on the bracts that surround the flower head. Otherwise it is very similar to Spoon Cudweed.
References:Black, J.M. (1965). Flora of South Australia. (Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia). P896. Diagram.
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