Burrs and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, unnamed photographer, Oodnadatta, SA

Plant. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Packsaddle, about 180km north of Broken Hill, NSW

Common Name

Goathead Burr




Shrub or perennial forb to 80cm tall.  Leaves usually succulent, 1-2.5cm long, linear, flattened narrow cylindrical, hairy to hairless.  Flowers tiny (less than 3mm across), white woolly, solitary at the bases of the leaves.  Burrs white woolly, with 2 or rarely 3 spines.

Description and photo (as Bassia bicornis var. bicornis) (page 248) and line drawing of burr (Fig. 46-4 46-5) page 253) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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