Common name: African Marigold
Cineraria lyratiformis Cron APNI*
Synonyms: Cineraria lyrata DC. APNI*
Description: Annual decumbent or ascending herb to 1 m high, branching at the base, glabrous or sparsely glandular.
Leaves oblong, lyrate, 1.5–8 cm long, 5–30 mm wide, lobes toothed, lower leaves petiolate, upper leaves sessile.
Heads 5–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts 12–14, 4–5 mm long, cobwebby and glabrescent. Ray and disc florets yellow.
Achenes c. 2.5 mm long, curved, with pale wings as wide as the body, glabrous or minutely ciliate on faces and margins.
Distribution and occurrence: In the Sydney region, Central Tablelands as far west as Bathurst, and CWS in the Ilford – Mudgee – Wollar region. Native of southern Africa.
Disturbed areas in pastures, around crops, on roadsides and in waste areas in towns.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT, *CWS
Weed, apparently spreading more widely in the last 20 years. For further information see https://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Cineraria
Text by J. A. Scott (1992); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2022)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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