Bidens aurea (Aiton) Sherff APNI*
Description: Erect annual or perennial herb 50–15- cm high.
Leaves petiolate, mainly simple, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 8–22 cm long, toothed or entire; if divided leaves then deltate in shape, pinnate or bipinnate.
Flower heads hemispherical, 25 mm diam. including the rays; outer involucral bracts linear, shorter than the florets, margins ciliate; inner bracts ovate to lanceolate, with yellow margins. Ray florets 5 or 6, golden yellow.
Achenes linear-cuneate 4–7 mm long, more or less compressed, glabrous or sparsely hairy, dark brown to black. Pappus awns 2, 1.5–4 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers and fruits April to May.
Distribution and occurrence: Native from southern USA to Central America. Naturalised in Europe. In Australia naturalised near Sydney, NSW, on damp weedy roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: *CC
clumps increase in size from underground rhizomes, and from mature stems becoing prostrate, rooting at the nodes and generating new erect vegitative shoots.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Orchard A.E. (2015) in Flora of Australia Vol. 37, Asteraceae 1, p 463.
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