Common name: Chinese Wormwood, Mugwort
Artemisia verlotiorum Lamotte APNI*
Description: Herbaceous perennial, dying back to rootstock annually, c. 1 m high; stems erect, ± tomentose becoming glabrous below, ribbed, unbranched below inflorescence.
Leaves 2- or 3-pinnatisect, c. 7 cm long, c. 3 cm wide; ultimate segments subulate to lanceolate, upper surface ± glabrous; lower surface tomentose, sparsely glandular; reticulum of small veins conspicuous; upper leaves ± sessile, and usually unlobed.
Inflorescence paniculate; outer involucral bracts herbaceous; inner bracts with broad scarious margins and apex; ± hairy; receptacle glabrous. Florets c. 15–25, scattered glandular hairs, yellow to reddish brown.
Achenes 1–1.5 mm long, ± smooth; pappus absent or a small scarious ring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas, often in moist sites, widespread. Native of SW China.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Text by E. A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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