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This plant is a clump-forming perennial herb with short rhizomes. Leaves may or may not be hairy; basal leaves are divided and the upper leaves are entire and oval-shaped. The flower heads are borne singularly or in small groups on upright stems from April to June. They are 5.08 cm in length and yellow with a yellow center. The seed are dark brown, winged, and curved to almost semi-circular.
Where does this species come from?South America (Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil)
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal
How does it spread?By seeds, roots and birds
Why is it a problem?
Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Poisonous to livestock.
What does it look like?
Leaves: Light or dark green, mainly along the distal ends of branches; narrowly lanceolata up to 15-25 mm wide
Flowers: Greenish-yellow in axillary and terminal clusters
Fruit/seeds: Berries 10 mm long, green turning purple-black
Does the plant have any uses?