Common name: Pascalia weed
Pascalia glauca Ortega APNI*
Synonyms: Wedelia glauca (Ortega) O.Hoffm. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 70 cm high, with a rhizome.
Leaves narrow-lanceolate, 5–10 cm long, 5–7 mm wide, sessile, usually entire, rarely with remote teeth near the base, pubescent to scabrous.
Heads solitary, 10–15 mm diam.; peduncles 2–6 cm long; involucral bracts lanceolate, 6–10 mm long; receptacle scales lanceolate. Ray florets bright yellow, 10–15 mm long; ligulate oblanceolate, 3-toothed. Disc florets numerous, yellow.
Achenes angled, 4–6 mm long; pappus scales 2 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers in Autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of alluvial plains of coastal districts, from Maitland area to Sydney. Native of Chile.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Toxic to some domestic stock. This species is difficult to eliminate because of its strong rhizome.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Based on Wedelia glauca description in Flora of New South Wales, Vol. 3. 1992., and herbarium specimens.
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