Zinnia peruviana (L.) L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual to 90 cm high, with woody taproot; stems and leaves hairy.
Leaves variable, lanceolate to broad-ovate or elliptic, 1.5–7 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, scabrid; involucral bracts darkened or discoloured near apex.
Ray florets 6–15, ligules linear to obovate, sometimes heart-shaped, 8–25 mm long, margins minutely hairy. Disc florets tubular, yellow. Ray achenes 10 mm long, compressed with persistent ligule and 2 tufts of hair. Disc achenes 7–9 mm long, compressed to angled with 1 awn.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden escape, weed of roadsides and disturbed sites, not common, north from Holbrook. Native of C & S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *NT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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