Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. var. sonchifolia
Candolle, A.P. de (1838) Prodromus 6: 302.
Emilia; Red tassel-flower
Annual herb up to 50 cm tall. Sparsely hairy on stems.
Flowers borne in heads which are arranged in open panicles. Each head surrounded by bracts 8-11 mm long. Calyx consists of 40-50 barbed hairs. Each hair about 10 mm long, corolla tubular, 10-13 mm long, corolla lobes 1-1.2 mm long. Anthers 0.8-1 mm long. Stamens fused to form a tube around the style. Ovary 1-1.2 mm long, clothed in ca. erect hairs. Style unbranched, stigmas 2.
Individual fruits about 3 mm long, surface longitudinally 5-ribbed, each rib clothed with bristles, brown or straw-coloured. Pappus white, about 7-8 mm long.
Features not available.
Juice used as a cure for inflamed eyes (Webb 1948).
A second variety, Emilia sonchifolia var. javanica may also be present, see Flora of Australia 37.