Common name: Curious Weed, Dwarf Marigold
Schkuhria pinnata (Lam.) Thell. APNI*
Synonyms: Schkuhria pinnata var. abrotanoides (Roth) Cabrera APNI*
Description: Much-branched herb up to 50 cm high; with scattered hairs and glandular-punctate.
Leaves alternate, opposite at the base, 1–4 cm long, pinnate with filiform lobes to 20 mm long.
Heads numerous, terminal, on filiform peduncles up to 25 mm long; heads turbinate, c. 3 mm diam.; bracts obovate, with a hyaline apex, margins minutely ciliate, glandular-punctate. Florets glandular; ray floret solitary; ligule 1.5–2 mm long and yellow. Disc florets yellow, usually 4–6.
Achenes narrow-turbinate, 4-angled, 4 mm long; pappus scales 8, membraneous, darkly striated at apex, some with awns.
Flowering: Flowers summer to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread; north from the Deniliquin area. Native of Chile.
Grows in disturbed sites and roadsides.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
The varietal name, Schkuhria pinnata var. abrotanoides, is no longer accepted as distinct in Australia.
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