Common name: Sticky Daisy
Adenostemma lavenia (L.) Kuntze APNI*
Description: Annual semi-prostrate or erect herb, 0.3–1 m high; stems sparsely hairy at apex.
Leaves reducing in size up stems, narrow-ovate, ovate or triangular, 2–20 cm long, 1–13 cm wide, apex acute to obtuse, surfaces ± glabrous or sparsely hairy along veins; petiole 1–6 cm long.
Panicles on slender peduncles; heads ± globose, 5–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts in 2 series, narrow-oblong, 3–4 mm long, rounded, reflexed, ± glabrous. Florets white, 5-toothed, glandular hairy.
Achenes 2–4 mm long, 3-angled, tuberculate; pappus bristles 3–5, c. 1 mm long.
Flowering: spring to early summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs chiefly north from Bulahdelah, with an old record from Botany Bay.
Grows in damp shaded places.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by M. F. Porteners
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