Common name: Temple Plant, Senegal Tea
Gymnocoronis spilanthoides (D.Don) DC. APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous perennial, 1–2.5 m high; stems ribbed, hollow and cane-like, growing to c. 10–15 mm diam., erect or decumbent, ± glabrous.
Leaves elliptic to lanceolate or ovate, 4–20 cm long, 1.5–8 cm wide, apex acuminate, margins irregularly toothed, lamina glabrous, dark green.
Corymbs dense, corymb branches 5–20 mm long, hairy; heads many-flowered, hemispherical, 12–20 mm diam.; involucral bracts ± 2-seriate, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 4–5 mm long, obtuse to acute. Florets c. 4 mm long, white, glandular hairy.
Achenes 0.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on banks and in still to slow-flowing waters, in dams, drains and creeks; chiefly from Taree to Dapto. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
A declared noxious weed in N.S.W.
Text by M. F. Porteners
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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