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Common name: Cobblers Pegs, Pitch-forks, Teasers (L.H.I.)
Bidens pilosa L. APNI*
Description: Almost glabrous to densely hairy woody herb to 1 m or more high.
Leaves toothed, 3- or 5-lobed, terminal and lateral leaflets ovate to lanceolate, 6–12 cm long, 4–8 cm wide; petiole very slightly winged.
Heads ovoid, 5–15 mm diam.; outer involucral bracts with finely hairy margins, shorter than inner bracts. Ray florets white.
Achenes linear, curved, 6–12 mm long, with tubercle-based barbs overall or mainly on the ribs; pappus awns 2 or 3, erect or spreading.
Flowering: throughout year, but chiefly summer–autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas; widespread, north from Milton area and the A.C.T. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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