L., Sp. Pl. 243 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Bishops weed, Queen Annes Lace.
Glabrous annual, 20-100 cm high, somewhat glaucous, rather variable in habit and leaf-dissection; stem erect, striate, branched in the upper part; blades of lower leaves oblong in outline, 6-20 cm long, 5-14 cm broad, ternate or pinnate; leaflets usually elliptical to obovate, almost obtuse, serrate; petioles 3-13 cm long; cauline leaves 2 or 3 times pinnate; leaflets lanceolate to linear, acuminate, serrate to dentate, the uppermost linear, setulose-serrate with minute almost equal teeth.
Involucral bracts 3-fid or pinnatisect, with filiform very acute segments, rarely entire, usually as long as or longer than the rays; rays 20-40 or more, slender, 2-7 cm long, somewhat scabrous, spreading in fruit; bracteoles of the involucel lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, acuminate, with scarious margins, slightly shorter than the pedicels, spreading to reflexed in fruit; pedicels numerous, filiform, 1-10 mm long, spreading to ascending.
Fruit oblong, 1.5-2 mm long, to 1 mm broad, reddish-brown when ripe; carpophore 2-fid, split to the base.
Hegi (1926) Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa 5:fig. 2443; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 540; Beadle (1980) Students flora of northeastern New South Wales, fig. 267.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, SE. W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic. native in southern Europe.
Flowering time: Dec. (2 records).
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