Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|0.2 m to 0.5 m
Description and Ethnobotany
|Annual to perennial herbs with decumbent stems up to 0.5 m long that lie along the ground and curve upwards near the tip.
|Ovate to lanceolate leaves are deeply toothed in an irregular pattern. Opposite leaves.
|Compound, daisy-like flowers are composed of yellow disk florets and 4 white ray florets. The tip of the petal-like appendage of the ray florets is divided into 3-4 rounded lobes.
|Dry, indehiscent fruits are known as achenes. The brown, oblong fruits (2 mm long) are covered in silky hairs and have a 5-6 mm long pappus (a feathery appendage which helps the fruit to disperse by wind).
|This species is considered a weed in many countries and is not typically cultivated.
|Others: It can be used as rabbit fodder.