Flowers. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Spent flower. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: RCH Shepherd, near Dingee, Vic

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, ACT

Leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, photo RCH Shepherd, north of Maryborough, Vic

Common Name

Stinkwort, Stink-weed




Introduced annual forb 20cm-1.3m tall.  Leaves unpleasantly aromatic when crushed, to some people with a camphor smell.  Basal leaves 2-10cm long, 1-8mm wide, soon withering. Stem leaves alternating up the stems, with basal lobes, 1-6cm long, 1-3mm wide, flat, hairy, sticky, the edges entire or sometimes toothed.  Flower heads with 10-12 yellow ‘petals’, bell-shaped, single at the bases of the leaves or in open groups at the ends of the stems.  Flower buds sometimes reddish.  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 pages 668-669

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