Common name: Ward's Weed, Wards Weed
Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. APNI*
Description: Erect herb 5–40 cm high with reflexed bristly hairs, branching basally, decumbent.
Leaves 2–3-pinnatisect, the lobes linear to obtuse; petiolate.
Raceme 10–30 mm long. Sepals c. 4 mm long. Petals 8–9 mm long, yellow, purple-veined. Silicula 6–7 mm long, pendent on pedicel 2–3 mm long; beak 3–4 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, spoon-like; valves c. 3 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, 3-veined; seeds 3 or 4 per loculus.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of semi-arid regions. Native of Medit.
NSW subdivisions: *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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