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Purple Cudweed - introduced *Gamochaeta purpurea
*Other names: *Gnaphalium coarctatum, Spiked Cudweed.
Family: Asteracee (Daisy family).
Native of South America.
Occurrence: A weed of weedy areas. It is often found growing beside streams.
- the petals are not obvious, and are mostly
hidden by the outer green floral leaves (the bracts)
- the flowers are stalkless along the upper part of the stem
- it has a basal rosette of leaves, which may be withered at flowering time
- the stem leaves alternate along the stem
- the leaves are green above and white cottony below
- it is usually unbranched, growing to about 50 cm high.
It is an annual or a perennial.
Photo: Purple Cudweed. Nature strip, Richards Rd, Castlemaine.
Purple Cudweed differs from similar daisies in the stalkless flowers along the upper part of the