Scorzonera laciniata L. APNI*
Synonyms: Podospermum resedifolium (L.) DC. APNI*
Description: Biennial herb, 10–60 cm high, covered with hairs or glabrous, with taproot, stems hollow, striate.
Leaves ± oblanceolate in outline, to 20 cm long, 8 cm wide, pinnatisect with lobes ovate to oblanceolate; basal leaves sometimes entire and linear.
Heads solitary or few, in loose terminal corymbs; heads cylindrical, 10–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts lanceolate, 3- or 4-seriate. Ray florets yellow; ligule c. 12 mm long.
Achenes narrow-cylindrical, on a thickened base, ribbed, 10–15 mm long including base; pappus brownish white, of free plumose bristles, 10–20 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Pasture weed, readily eaten by stock. Native of Europe & Asia.
Grows in disturbed or semi-intact sites, in loam or clay soils in grassland or woodland.
NSW subdivisions: *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
This species is distinguished by its massive taproot. It comprises 2 varieties. The NSW occurrences are var. calcitrapifolia, apart from one collection from the Central Western Slopes..
Text by L. Murray, edited C. Herscovitch 17 Sep 2008, per I.R.Thompson in Muelleria 25:59-100 (2007)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992) as Podospermum resedifolium
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