False Sowthistle
False Sowthistle
Mature Flower, profile
False Sowthistle (Reichardia tingitana)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Sunflowers (Asterales)
Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: False Sowthistle (Reichardia tingitana)
This Photo:     🔍Young Flower, profile🔎

Thank you Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
In South Australia the maroon centre is diagnostic for this species.
Shown here are examples to show variation, you through struggling to thriving. Notice the young flowers have less maroon than the older ones.
Notice the unusual habit of stamen coming from behind the inner petals.
No full seed shot as we never let them get that far if we can help it. They are victim, fortunately
, to grazing, so sometimes tall and sometimes quite short.
They love our heat and can withstand the low rainfall, but then in years like this (2022) where we've had 411mm to the end of Nov, they are flourishing. They are all coming out of the woodwork, but fortunately stand out in the crowd so easy to spot to remove. We thought they had gone, but no, clearly a long lived seed bank survives.

Copyright © 2022-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Nov-2022
This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)