Common name: Lilac Tasselflower, Red Tassel Flower, Cupid's Shaving-brush, Emilia, Purple Sow Thistle, Flora's Paintbrush
Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Cacalia sonchifolia L. APNI*
Description: Annual erect herb, 15–90 cm high, ± glaucous, stem striate.
Leaves variable, lyrate-pinnatisect or ovate, 1.5–14 cm long, 0.8–6 cm wide, apex rounded or acuminate, margins ± irregularly toothed, glabrous.
Heads in slender corymbs or rarely solitary, 4–5 mm diam.; involucral bracts 7–10, 8–12 mm long, glabrous. Florets purple, or rarely orange-purple.
Achenes 3 mm long, 5-ribbed, very shortly pilose; pappus 6–8 mm long, white.
Flowering: Flowers August–September
Distribution and occurrence: Weed on roadsides and open areas; north from Murwillumbah.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T. *W.A.
Text by J. A. Scott
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