Common name: Yarrow
Achillea millefolium L. APNI*
Description: Stoloniferous perennial herb, 10–100 cm high, stems erect, unbranched above the base, terete, striate, pubescent.
Leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 2-pinnatisect, usually 2–10 cm long, sometimes longer, 8–25 mm wide, decreasing in size up the stem, pubescent; primary pinnae ovate to lanceolate, 15 or more pairs per leaf, 10–20 mm long, ultimate lobes spreading in more than one plane; main leaf rachis c. 1 mm wide, entire.
Heads 4–6 mm diam. in dense compound corymbs with naked branches; heads 3–5 mm long; bracts ovate, rigid, pale-greenish, pubescent, sometimes with a dark margin. Ray florets c. 5, ligules minutely 3-toothed, c. 2.5 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, white to pink or mauve. Disc florets 10–20, yellow, c. 2 mm long.
Achenes glabrous, to 3 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in disturbed habitats, common on roadsides in moist areas, south from Lismore. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS
Text by D. W. Hardin
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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