Common name: False Sowthistle
Reichardia tingitana (L.) Roth APNI*
Description: Annual to perennial glabrous herb, 10–50 cm high.
Leaves fleshy, margins minutely prickly.
Basal leaves toothed to pinnatifid, oblanceolate, narrowed at base, 2–17 cm long, 0.5–7 cm wide; cauline leaves smaller, entire to toothed, broad-lanceolate, sessile to stem-clasping, acute. Heads 10–15 mm diam., peduncle inflated below head; outer bracts ovate, with wide scarious margins; inner lanceolate, margins narrower. Florets yellow with a purple base.
Achenes 1.5–2.5 mm long, pale, inner ones commonly aborted; pappus c. 8 mm long, falling as a unit.
Flowering: all year, mainly August–November
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on sands and sandy red earths, west from the Cobar area. Native of the Mediterranean region.
NSW subdivisions: *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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