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Common name: False Hawkbit
Urospermum picroides (L.) F.W.Schmidt APNI*
Synonyms: Tragopogon picridoides (L.) Willd. APNI*
Description: Annual herb 10–50 cm high, pale green to glaucous; stems erect, few-branched, bristly.
Basal leaves oblanceolate, sometimes lyrate, 3–16 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, margins toothed to pinnatisect, surfaces bristly, petiolate; upper leaves elliptic to lanceolate, 3–14 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, entire to pinnatisect, bristly, especially along midvein, sessile.
Heads 15–20 mm long, bristly; peduncle 1.5–8 cm long. Ligules c. 15 mm long, pale yellow.
Achenes 10–15 mm long including a beak 6–8 mm long, pale brown, tuberculate towards base, finely pubescent; pappus bristles 16–20, 8–12 mm long, white.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites; not common, recorded for Hay district and Mootwingee N.P.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP, *CC, *NFWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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