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WILD ASTER, BUSHY STARWORT

(Aster subulatus, fam. Asteraceae)

Aster subulatus Aster subulatus Aster subulatus Aster subulatus Aster subulatus
An erect annual or perennial herb with stiff slender stems to 2m, much branched in upper parts at flowering.
Form or habit: Herb
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Alternate, becoming progressively smaller up the stem. Basal leaves ovate, 20-120mm long and up to15mm wide, tapering to a leaf stalk about 4mm long. Upper leaves narrow, stalkless.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Greenish or purplish
Flower description:Numerous, greenish or purplish, narrow-cylindrical fluffy heads, 5 -7mm long, borne at the ends of leafy branches. ‘Petals’ small, white, pale lavender to purplish.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
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Fruit:
Fruit description: ‘Seeds’ brown, about 2mm long with a conspicuous tuft of fine, pale hairs, 5-7mm long.
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Origin:North America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Windborne ‘seeds’.
Invades/threats: Coastal areas, particularly disturbed sites, gardens and lawns.
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