Plants of the Castlemaine district

Skeleton Weed - introduced (*Chondrilla juncea)

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Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).

Native of Europe and Asia.

Occurrence: Uncommon in the Central Goldfields; it is more common in northern areas where it is a weed of roadsides, waste areas and cereal crops.


The branched, wiry and almost leafless stems make "skeleton weed” an appropriate name. Its wiry stems interfere with harvesting operations. Skeleton Weed is a noxious weed and Restricted in central Victoria. It is spread by seed and by pieces of the roots, and so is spread by cultivation.

Photo 1. Portion of Skeleton Weed. Dried specimen. 11 km NE of Charlton.