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Blumea mollis (D.Don) Merr. APNI*
Description: Annual herb, 0.3–1 m high, strongly aromatic and somewhat viscid; stems erect, simple or branched from the base, glandular-hairy.
Leaves ovate-oblong, 1–9.5 cm long, 0.6–5 cm wide, sharply toothed, densely silky hairy on both surfaces, upper leaves smaller, acute to apiculate, base acute, sessile, lower leaves rounded or obtuse, base tapering, petiolate.
Panicles dense, spike-like; heads hemispherical to campanulate, 3–4 mm diam.; peduncles silky; involucral bracts 2–3-seriate, linear, acute to acuminate, purplish tinged, densely hairy, the outer shorter. Florets purple to lilac.
Achenes oblong, 0.5 mm long, sparsely to densely hairy; pappus white, 2–4 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows along roadsides, in pasture, woodland, gardens and wasteland; north from Dalmorton.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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