Arctotis L.

1 species naturalized Aust.; Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A., WA

*Arctotis stoechadifolia P.J.Bergius

Usually prostrate, softly white-tomentose, perennial herb, sometimes forming mats; stems mostly up to 40 cm long. Leaves alternate, sessile, up to 10 cm long, 2–4 cm wide; the lower ones lyrate; the upper ones obovate-cuneate, sometimes lobed or toothed. Heads terminal, solitary. Involucral bracts in several rows. Ray florets female, in 1 row; rays white, often violet below, 2–3 cm long. Disc florets tubular, violet. Cypselas silky, 5-ribbed; the 2 lateral ribs winged and incurved. Pappus of 7–8 pink oblong scales. Coast. Garden escape near habitation. Introd. from S. Africa. Fl. spring–summer