L., Sp. Pl. 789 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Salsify, Jerusalem star, oyster plant.
Herb to 1.2 m high, completely glabrous, somewhat glaucous; stem rigidly erect, simple or few-branched near the base, green, finely striate; basal leaves narrowly linear, half-sheathing at the base, acute, to 30 cm long, c. 1.5 cm wide, grasslike; cauline leaves linear to lanceolate, subamplexicaul, acute, 3-25 cm long; peduncles to 20 cm, erect, naked, inflated below the capitulum.
Involucral bracts usually 8, 2.5-6 cm long, accrescent; ligules shorter than the involucre, pale- to deep-purple.
Outer achenes curved, 1.5-2 cm long, with a beak of the same length, 10-ribbed, finely muricate, brown; inner achenes straight, somewhat smaller, only slightly ribbed; pappus bristles c. 2 cm long, stramineous or buff.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 714.
In small colonies on roadsides, waste land and channel banks.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. All States except the N.T. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.
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