Erect loose herb to 1 m tall. Leaves oval to oblong and clasping the stem, 5-15 cm long, lobed with more than 8 pairs of toothed lobes all pointing downwards (runcinate). Yellow or yellow-green tubular flowerheads are small and narrow, held in sparse clusters of 20-50 flowers at the end of stalks. Seedheads very fluffy.
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The toothed downward-pointing leaves and the lax form are characteristic, as well as its height (to 1 m).
Annual or short-lived perennial. Prone to sites subject to flooding. Dies off after flowering. Seeds dispersed by wind.
Aug-Nov (usually after rain)
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia