Common name: Creeping Cinderella Weed
Calyptocarpus vialis Less. APNI*
Description: Herbaceous annual or short-lived perennial with trailing stems, sometimes rooting at the nodes, up to 60 cm long, with densley appressed hairs..
Leaves ovate-triangular, 15–45 mm long, 8–40 mm wide, crenate serrate, densely appressed strigose on both surfaces; petiole 5–11 mm long.
Flowerheads solitary at each node 5–10 mm long; involucral bracts pilose; entire or slightly laciniate, acute. Ray florets 3–8. Disc florets 3–8, corolla densely papillose within.
Achenes slightly 3- or 4-angled, 3–4 mm long; ray achenes irregularly thickened on margins near apex; disc achenes smooth; awns erect and divergent 1.5–2 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: On the north coast of NSW and Queensland.
A weed of lawns, gardens, pastures, wasteland and roadsides, extending into native woodland along tracks and disturbed areas.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NWP, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Orchard A.E. & Cross E.W. (2015) Flora of Australia 37: 501-502.
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