Common name: Chaff Flower
Achyranthes aspera L. APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading annual or biennial herb to 1 m high, with an almost woody base.
Stems softly hairy, especially in younger parts.
Leaves ovate, elliptic or obovate, 2–10 cm long, to 4.5 cm wide, acute to obtuse, softly hairy; petiolate. Spikes to 25 cm long, rachis woolly. Perianth segments lanceolate, rigid, shiny, 3–5 mm long, initially shorter than the bracts, elongating to longer than the bracts as the flower matures. Style 1–1.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CWS, NWP, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & L. Lapinpuro
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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