Common name: White Arctotis
Arctotis stoechadifolia P.J.Bergius APNI*
Description: Spreading perennial herb, white-tomentose, to 35 cm high.
Leaves cauline, lyrate-pinnatisect to toothed, 4–10 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, concolorous, greyish, sessile.
Heads 15–25 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts spreading, linear, tips white-tomentose, inner bracts longer with obtuse scarious spines. Ray florets oblong, 3-toothed, white above, mauve below, with a dark band at the base; disc florets purple-black.
Achenes 3–4 mm long, with straight brown hairs, inner face with 2 furrows often almost obscured by 2 infolded wings, outer face ± crinkly hairy; pappus scales oblong, 3–4 mm long, pinkish.
Flowering: Flowers August to February.
Distribution and occurrence:
Garden escape; weed of roadsides. Native of South Africa.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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