Common name: Hunter Burr
Xanthium italicum Moretti APNI*
Description: Herb to 1 m high; stems slightly scabrous.
Leaves very broad-ovate, 6–9 cm long, 6–12 cm wide, usually 3-lobed, toothed, base only slightly cordate, surfaces scabrous, lamina with 3 main veins; petiole 4–11 cm long.
Heads inconspicuous. Burrs ellipsoid, glandular hairy, 20–30 mm long, covered with hooked spines, c. 5 mm long, terminal spines c. 7 mm long, divergent and curved inward at the tip, spines tending to be hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of agricultural land; widespread, but apparently not as extensive or troublesome as other species. Native of Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP
Hybridizes with X. occidentale.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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