Common name: Common Burdock
Arctium minus Bernh. APNI*
Description: Biennial herb 0.5–1.5 m high; stems with sparsely to densely non-glandular and subsessile glandular hairs, rarely glabrous.
Basal leaves broad-ovate, up to 50 cm long, base sometimes cordate, apex broad-acute, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface densely felted; cauline leaves similar, 3–10 cm long, 2–8 cm wide.
Peduncles 0–2 cm; heads c. 15 mm diam., globose in flower and fruit, remaining closed after fruiting, green or purple-tinged, often densely cobwebby when young, glabrescent at maturity. Florets pink or purplish.
Achenes 5–7 mm long; pappus 1–3.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites and roadsides in the Orange and Narrabri areas and the Moulamein district. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CT, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Tas.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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