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Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica (Burm.f.) Mattf.
Family Asteraceae
Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica (Burm.f.) Mattf. 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: North from Wauchope, NC; Qld (reported from N.T. and W.A. but probably var. sonchifolia). Native to Asia (China, Japan, Indochina and Malesia).

Weed on roadsides and open areas.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Apex of phyllaries commonly with dark border 2-3 mm long (vs 1mm or absent in var. sonchifolia); corolla usually exceeding phyllaries by up to 2.5 mm (vs corolla 1 mm shorter than to 1mm longer than phyllaries); corolla lobes more than 1 mm long (vs less than 1 mm long); achenes 3.0-3.8 mm long (vs 2.2-3.2 mm). See Thomson (2006). Muelleria 24: 51-110.

The single variety in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.

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