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prickly stem and lower leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
young flower-heads and upper leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Urospermum picroides (L.) Scop. ex F.W. Schmidt
Tragopogon picroides L.
Asteraceae (Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory)Compositae (South Australia)
false hawkbit, prickly goldenfleece, urospermum
Native to northern Africa, the Azores, the Madeira Islands, the Canary Islands, southern Europe, the middle-east, western Asia and Pakistan.
Widely naturalised in southern Australia (i.e. in south-eastern Queensland, some parts of western New South Wales, western Victoria, many parts of South Australia and large parts of south-western and western Western Australia).
Also naturalised overseas in south-western USA (i.e. California), South Africa and South America.
False hawkbit (Urospermum picroides) is regarded as an environmental weed in Western Australia. It has extensively invaded limestone outcrops in conservation reserves in the Shark Bay region, and is listed among the top ten coastal weeds for the Gascoyne region (i.e. from Shark Bay to Onslow).
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