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Flaxleaf Fleabane

Conyza bonariensis

Alternative Name(s): Erigeron bonariensis

Family: Asteraceae.

Form: Herb

Origin: Native of South America.

Flowers/Seedhead: In numerous heads. Flowers most of year.

Description: Erect pale grey annual herb to 1 m high. Stems with long spreading hairs. Leaves with short hairs facing toward the leaf apex and longer spreading hairs; basal leaves elliptic to narrow lanceshaped, 49 cm long, 0.51.5 cm wide, margins toothed to obscurely toothed; upper stem leaves elliptic to linear, 26 cm long, 0.20.6 cm wide, margins entire. Seeds elliptic, about 1 mm long, with short hairs and topped with long white hairs (pappus) about 3 mm long.

Distinguishing features: Distinguished by side branches of inflorescence often overtopping the main axis; heads 56 mm long; bracts around heads hairy with some long hairs at apex; pappus white or pink; receptacle smooth-pitted.

Dispersal: Spread by seed via wind and water.

Confused With: Other Conyza species and Aster squamatus (Aster subulatus misapplied). Conyza sumatrensis, tall fleabane, is another common Conyza. It has a rough pitted receptacle. Other Conyza and Aster species do not have the same combination of features as that listed in the Distinguished section.

Mature plant, Griffith, NSW

Notes: Widespread in pasture, horticulture, wasteland and urban areas. Appears to be expanding its range. It is a crop weed that is particularly serious in no-till farming systems. Conyza bonariensis occurs in tropical to warm temperate regions of the world, including in New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, the USA and Europe.


    The Biology of Australian Weeds. F. Panetta (ed.), Vol. 3, 2009, pages 85101.

Immature and mature
Hanwood, NSW, April

Griffith, NSW

Receptacle and immature head

This weed has been included in the WEEDeck field guide as card H96

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