Straggly much-branched introduced plant to 70 cm high. Basal leaves to 8 cm long toothed but not divided into lobes. Inconspicuous green papery flowers with no petals (or not obvious). The stem for the seedpod is curved and flattened, with fine hairs on the upper surface when viewed against the light, or with a hand lens. Oval seedpod has a shallow notch in the tip.
Lance-shaped stem leaves are sparsely hairy. Basal leaves toothed but not lobed or segmented.
Annual or perennial herb. Intrduced species from Africa. Disturbed bare ground, usually under introduced conifers where competition is reduced. Palatable to stock.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
In Africa the leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It also has medicinal uses. The leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat cough, bronchitis and sore throat, and dried unripe seed is added to food for the treatment of stomach ulcers.
Very similar to L. pseudotasmanicum.