Habitat: Montane/Dry Areas
Height: Up to 60 cm
Description: This common wildflower is easily identified. It has a large, daisy-like flower, with yellow petals, and a brownish yellow centre. The flowers are usually 4-6 cm across. The petals (or ray florets) are very unique. They have three deep notches in the tip which makes the flower appear even more daisy-like. Even though there are only up to 18 true ray florets, the deep clefts make it appear like there are many more. Many people know this plant for many years without ever noticing the deeply cleft nature of the petals. The flowers occur singly, at the end of long stems. The leaves are dandelion-like, long, narrow, with numerous lobes. As the alternate leaves climb the hairy stem, they become clasping.
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