Common name: Purple Fireweed
Arrhenechthites mixtus (A.Rich.) Belcher APNI*
Synonyms: Arrhenechthites mixta (A.Rich.) Belcher APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, mostly 50–90 cm high, stems simple or few-branched, purplish, sparsely cobwebby.
Leaves with lamina broad-lanceolate to ovate, often pinnatifid to pinnatisect (especially in upper leaves), usually 5–10 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, margins coarsely toothed, glabrous to cobwebby, lower surface often purplish; petiole 0–25 mm long, sometimes winged.
Heads 2–3 mm diam.; involucral bracts 6–8, 15–20 mm long. Outer florets with minute ligules. Fertile achenes 5–7 mm long; pappus 10–15 mm long, white.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows mainly in the ranges, often in gullies; south from Gloucester Tops.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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