Is it a native?
Capeweed - introduced (Arctotheca calendula)
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).
Native of South Africa.
Occurrence: A widespread and common
environmental weed and a weed of of roadsides, farmland and
cultivated areas. It may be locally abundant.
- the yellow petals surround a blackish centre
- it is a stemless plant with semi-succulent, deeply lobed leaves
- the undersurface of the leaves are covered with fine, white wool
- the petals are a deeper yellow towards the centre
- the flowers are in short stalks.
Notes: Capeweed is an annual. It grows vigorously in late winter-early spring, when the leaves may smother other vegetation. It dies
down in early summer.
Right: Capeweed, Castlemaine.
Below 2: Upper and lower leaf surface.
Below 3: The leaves form a rosette.
Below 4: Capeweed. Castlemaine.
Bottom: Dense Capeweed. Bridgewater Rd, Maldon.