Erechtites valerianifolia

Erechtites valerianifolia

(Brazilian Fireweed)

FAMILY

Asteraceae

Species

Erechtites valerianifolia

Common name(s)

Brazilian Fireweed

Flower colour; life form

Flowers white to mauve; erect herb to about 1.5 m tall

Distinguishing features

A robust herb with thick ribbed stems, leaves are opposite at the base, but alternate above, deeply divided to 20 x 8 cm; margins are toothed. Flowers in capitula, several clustered together, florets white to mauve; pappus hairs protrude, pink to mauve.

Erechtites valerianifolia