Flowers. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, N of Braidwood, NSW

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, ACT

Rosette of basal leaves. Photo: Zoya Akulova, California, USA

Common Name

Skeleton Weed, Gum Succory, Naked Weed




Introduced perennial forb 50-100cm tall.  Basal leaves 4-20cm long, 15-50mm wide, lobed, hairless, soon withering.  Stem leaves alternating up the stems,  flat, hairless, with entire edges, mostly reduced and bract-like.  Almost leafless at flowering time.  Flowers heads cylindrical, with 9-15 yellow ‘petals’, with 1-3 flower heads at the base of a bract -like leaf.  Declared plant in SA.  Noxious weed Vic.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 713

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