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(Acanthospermum hispidum, fam. Asteraceae )

Acanthospermum hispidum Acanthospermum hispidum Acanthospermum hispidum Acanthospermum hispidum Acanthospermum hispidum
Upright annual herb 45-90cm, covered with coarse hairs, stems repeatedly forked.
Form or habit: Herb
Leaf:Simple Unknown

Opposite, yellowish-green, 25-50mm long, elliptic or ovate, hairy on both surfaces, either stalkless or with a winged stalk-like base up to 10mm long, toothed margins.

Flower conspicuous: Inconspicuous
Flower colour: Greenish
Flower description:Solitary greenish heads, 4-5mm wide, borne in leaf axils and forks of stem.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Green turning brown on maturity
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Heads of 5-10 wedge-shaped ‘seeds’ radiating from centre forming a star-like burr. Mature ‘seeds’ 6mm long, covered with short, hooked spines and with two stouter divergent spines, 3-4mm long, at the tip.
Food source for:
Toxicity:Toxic or irritant to domestic pets
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Prickly ‘seeds’ adhere to ‘everything’, probably also water borne. Invades disturbed land and alluvial flats; will out-grow young cane. Occasionally seen on coastal dunes in this district.

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